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What was the process you used for you certifying births? Did you just go solo from the get go or did you somehow hook up with an exerienced doula? Or was there some organization that provided some guidance (we have a local certifying group that has mentor programs)?
Would you do it the same or choose something different?
I started out certified through the AAHCC and found it lacking what I needed/wanted. I then studied DONA and still found it lacking what I was looking for. By that point, I had attended so many births, I began an apprenticeship program on my own that required certain reading, a 3 day workshop, and 5 birth mentorship with commitment to continuing education through our cooperative.
I also studied with a chiropractor and massage therapist husband/wife team, completed continuing education through a retired massage therapist who used to train others through Blue Heron Academy, and was starting my mw apprenticeship.
I started attending births alone, then when I began my certification, I started attending with a more experienced doula and friend, and also began networking with other doulas in the area to gain mentorship and guidance from them.
I know around here most new doulas team up with existing doulas/midwives for getting in the number of births they need. We have quite a good selection of doulas and midwives so it works out well.
Kelly, Do you know anything about PALS? They are the ones that offer a mentor program. I'm trying to figure out what the benefit of getting certified with them is. You just need to be a member to utilize the mentor thing. ??
I don't really know much about that... But I know most of the doulas around here are willing to offer guidance/advice for people wanting to become a doula. So if you want I can hook you up with one. I'm pretty sure most of them go up to Seattle for training and classes because there isn't much around here for that.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!