Required Reading List
Students can choose any book related to birth, pregnancy, and the experience of birthing women (with the exception of works of fiction) for the Birth Doula course. The Madriella Loss and Bereavement Certification Course requires one required book and three electives. The Child Birth Educator Course requires one required book and three electives.
What education does a doula need?
A high school diploma or a college degree are not required to be a doula, and working as a doula is a great way to pay your way through school. If possible, consider taking a doula and labor support training course, but it is not required to be a doula.
How do you become a doula book?
Books on Doula Training
- The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth (Paperback)
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (Paperback)
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (Paperback)
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, And The Newborn (2001) (Retired Edition)
What certifications do doulas need?
A birth doula typically completes 7 to 12 hours of childbirth education, 16 hours of birth doula training, and attends two to five births, while a postpartum doula typically completes 27 hours of postpartum doula education and provides postpartum support to two or more women.
Are doulas in high demand?
Doulas are in high demand, especially since the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that every birthing woman have one. Doulas have a unique skill set and devote a significant amount of time to each of their clients.
What does a doula do during labor?
A doula is a professional labor assistant who provides physical and emotional support to you and your partner during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. For example, a doula might provide: Physical comfort through techniques like touch and massage, as well as breathing assistance.
Which doula certification is the best?
In 2021, the Best Online Doula Training Programs
- Best Overall: Doula Training International
- Best for Postpartum: Medriella
- Best for Breastfeeding Training: International Doula Institute
- Best for Women of Color: BEST (Business, Ethics, Sustainability, Together) Doula Training
- Best for Women of Color: BEST (Business, Ethics, Sustainability, Together) Doula Training.
How do you become a postpartum doula?
To be eligible for CAPPA Postpartum Doula certification, you must work with three families (within the first four months after birth) and receive feedback from each.
- Students can provide virtual support to up to two families and in-person support to one family
- in-person support must be a minimum of 15 hours per family.
Do doulas make good money?
Full-time doulas can earn significantly more than part-time doulas; depending on availability and client load, top doulas in major cities such as New York City or Chicago can charge up to $2,000 per birth; realistically, a full-time doula charging $2,000 per birth can earn more than $100,000 per year.
Can a family member be a doula?
Some believe that any supportive person present at the birth can be considered a doula; however, your nurse is not your doula; your friends or family members who will be present at your birth are not your doulas; they are your loved ones.
Is it hard to become a doula?
A doula, unlike a midwife, does not have medical training, but their experience and support can make a huge difference in a new parent’s life. Becoming a doula is a big commitment; while the rewards are great, you must be available for your clients at all times.
How many clients can a doula have?
While each doula has a unique story to tell and a unique reason for pursuing birth work, we all have a lot in common. Some doulas take four to six clients per month and make it a full-time job, while others take a client here and there as they can and use it as a supplemental income.
How much do doulas make an hour?
The hourly rate can range from $25 to $110 per hour, with an average of $55-$60 per hour, and can be cheaper if purchased as part of a package deal. You must attend births while you are a student before you can become qualified.
Is a doula a good career?
The Doula profession is a great fit for those looking for a job that allows them to earn a living while staying at home with their children or homeschooling their children while working. Doula work is flexible, and you can set your own schedule and work independently, despite the fact that the hours are often on-call.