If assisting and witnessing childbirth sounds like a fulfilling way to make a living, becoming a doula might be the right career for you.
A doula is an amazing part of a woman’s birth team and can include a wide range of responsibilities above and beyond providing emotional and physical support during labor. Doulas are an informational resource before labor even begins and can also be called upon as a postpartum doula to care for the mother during a baby’s intense newborn days.
In order to become a Certified Labor Doula (CLD), one must achieve certification, which includes courses in childbirth, postpartum care, newborn care, and breastfeeding. Dona International is a great place to start (visit dona.org for course and certification information for both childbirth doula and post partum doula).
In the meantime, volunteer to help out families within your community during the postpartum period. Not only will you be doing the family a great service, you will get invaluable insight into what it might be like to be a postpartum doula. If you’re fortunate enough to be invited to a friend or relative’s birth, you can get an up-close look at “a day at the office” as a childbirth doula.