10 Reasons to become a doula!
#1 reason to be a doula: Helping families. Helping mothers with baby is always important. A birth doula helps prepare the parents and mother for motherhood! The postpartum doula helps with after care.
#2 reason to be a doula: I get to work with babies! If you really love babies you probably should consider the postpartum doula work over the birth. You will get to care for babies more and help mamas as well with postpartum care. Birth doulas do get to see babies as kind of the "reward" for helping mamas prepare for birth.
#3 Spiritual and Emotional support: Mamas need more spiritual and emotional support in this world then ever before. The "c-ovid" scare is one reason and just more mothers suffering from depression. We need to stop this from happening. Birth doulas and postpartum doulas can offer mothers the support they need for anxiety and depression!
#4 Dad support too! Dads are sometimes forgotten, but doulas know how to support the father and help them prepare for the "trip of a lifetime" - fatherhood! Dads are kept in the birth room with doulas. Dads are considered a great asset.
#5 Help reduce mamas pain! Doulas are great at relieving pain and this is a great way to help by becoming a doula. There are various pain prevention techniques esp. for birth doulas to help their clients!
#6 Reason to doula is to build lasting friendships! Every mother I work with becomes a friend! A lifetime friend is great and then you can also watch your "doula baby" grow up! It is so much fun!
#7 Meet other professionals in your field of work! As a doula you can meet other doulas, midwives, chiropractors, nurses, etc. You really get to know more people in the health field industry. And if you are thinking about becoming a midwife, many women start out as a doula first!
#8 Gain more medical knowledge! Yes, you will be quoting to your spouse (if married) or friends all kinds of medical terms once you start working as a doula! There's a lot of things you get to learn about and you can transfer those skills to other projects in the future (like midwifery or nursing if you choose to go further).
#9 Self-knowledge - I love to study and learning about doulas, midwifery and such is always interesting and there's always more books out about doulas and pregnancy and childbirth. It is fun to keep up with continuing education and some doula classes require this too!
#10 For the JOY of being a doula! I believe doula work is fun - there's not really a part I don't particularly like (well maybe paperwork!) Doula work you get to know mothers and babies and enjoy your work!
So, if you are "ready to committ" to a class check out the Memorial Week Sale link. Teen Doula Explore link -if you are a young adult or teen who wants to take a smaller class first. Birth Doula Page, Postpartum Page - Fast-track postpartum is starting June 6th - our zoom classes! Thanks for reading this blog!
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Juliana Larsen is the author of the Catholic Doula Blog.