Has anyone done any doula training and certification? Do you have any pros or cons?
Feb 8, '13
I'm looking for the same info!
Feb 8, '13
bump for answers........ im starting my pre reqs for Fall 2014 ADN program with a long term goal of becoming a CNM
Feb 9, '13
. There you will find all the info you need. Good luck!
Feb 10, '13
I've been working on the birth doula certification with Childbirth International. I like the program because it's all online so I can easily work on it when I have some spare time. I have completed all of the communication and physiology modules. I just have book reviews and 2 births to attend left to do in order to get my certification. The doulas in my area seem to have either gotten their certification with CBI or DONA. I think DONA is more well known, but honestly, I don't think it matters a lot in the end. If you have a volunteer doula program in your area that is a good place to get networked with to shadow other doulas and/or get clients.
Also, it might pay to check into the schools in your area before completing your ADN. Since your end goal is to become a CNM, you will have to eventually get your BSN first. I found that I would end up having to do some extra classes if I got my ADN first then started work on a BSN. It actually makes the most sense, financially and time wise to go straight for the BSN. Good luck to you!
Feb 10, '13
I did mine through DONA. The class is very simple and quick. You dont become certified until you complete a certain amount of births and turn in the paperwork from those births. I loved being a doula. One con is that you are on call about 2 weeks before the due date and up to 2 weeks after. So your parents can go into labor at any point and you have to go. That could be difficult if you are in school at the same time. I have one birth coming up but thank God it is a friend and I told her mornings are rough. I couldnt tell that to a client. I would say my births are usually very quick but mainly the moms I have had are night time labors after Ive had a long day. THen I work all night at the hospital and turn around and have to be up all day the next day. I dont think I would want to work at it during nursing school but before starting would be fine. You can see if you can find doulas in your area. I know one here teaches the class and offers some of her students the opportunity for referrals to births that they do free so they can become certified.
I cant name all the pros...I loved it.
Feb 11, '13
Thanks everyone- I'm in the Boston MA area and DONA is very popular but I'm not sure it's for me. I do like the Childbirth International idea as online would be very helpful but I also want to network with some birth workers in the area. Any ideas how to go about doing that? I've just moved here and I emailed a bunch of midwives, doulas etc I found online and so far no one has responded. I've been told Bostonians are a bit cold, but I'm hoping that's not the case!
Feb 11, '13
Best of luck with it! I have several friends who Doula and all find it amazing and fascinating!
Feb 17, '13
Thanks everyone! Great advice, I have time off before I go to nursing school so I was hoping to possibly get involved in doula.
Mar 10, '13
I just took my CAPPA labor doula course and loved it! I am a peds nurse trying toget into l&d and I should hear in the next month if I got into nurse midwifery school.
Our birthing community is incredibly supportive and helpful!
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