Becoming a Doula

Becoming a Doula

Thank you to guest mentor Patricia for sharing these thoughts.

I’ve served women for 30 years as a Birth Doula. Only in the last 2 years have I become aware of the known profession. At my age I decided to challenge my brain and pursue this arena of so called expertise in childbirth. At first I was intimidated by the some-what medical side of the learning process.

What I had been doing naturally was now in question as I attempted to make my way through two certification processes. It amazed me that all the previous births I had attended would not be validated by this, ‘Certification Board’. So, like many of you aspiring Doulas and Childbirth Educators – I started all over from the beginning. It is a daunting task keeping track of all the specific paper work required by each individual organization. The young women I met in my Doula Training Workshop were mostly younger than my children. I found it difficult to find a mentor that did not feel their territory was being invaded. I kept my heart and eyes open – and found one. I persevered despite the obstacles.

I took a few young Doulas under my mother hen wing and found myself filled with joy as I encouraged them to seek their passion and not to grow weary in well doing. Often in a competitive market we can feel like hamsters running around on a wheel and getting no where close to where we thought we could go. Don’t give up! Find a mentor – make a friend for life.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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