So... You Want to be a Doula...
I strongly believe that our bodies were created to conceive, carry, deliver and feed our children but realize that sometimes interventions can be very helpful and necessary. Every woman should know ALL her options and be allowed to deliver and feed her child how she chooses without bullying or judgment. Childbirth has the potential to unlock beautiful secrets within you. You are not just birthing your baby, you are birthing your motherhood. Research has shown that a DOULA can be a very powerful tool in that journey and make a huge difference in your outcome and birth experience. Is birth your passion? Do you love attending births and serving women during labor? Then you have come to the right place. Take the first step in DOULA CERTIFICATION today!
Doula? Do What? And What's a McDoula??
A doula is a vital part of the labor/delivery team who provides various forms of support to laboring women. A doula is a continuous care provider for labor. Doulas do not provide medical treatment; however, most are knowledgeable in many medical and clinical aspects of labor and delivery so they can help their clients gain a better understanding of the procedures, possible complications and what to expect after the delivery. Some Doulas also serve as a "Monitrice" to their clients. A Monitrice is someone who has received specialized training in addition to their extensive doula training (nursing school, apprenticeships, workshops and other types of specific skills training) and are able to provide certain clinical services that can be helpful in evaluating labor progression and assessing safety parameters. Here at McDoula, we are proud to certify doulas of all backgrounds and skill-sets. Therefore, many of our doulas are also equipped to offer not only monitrice services but other specialized training services as well (including massage, aromatherapy, Rebozo techniques, nutrition counseling and lifestyle coaching). We encourage and train each of our doulas to use responsible judgement regarding which skills are appropriate, when to use them and how to use them safely and professionally. We never ask that our doulas water down or withhold their previous education or skills to fit into a generic doula mold. We recognize that professional doulas come from a varity of backgrounds, educations, have an array of life experiences and know many valuable skills and tools and we are happy to certify our DOULAS in a capacity where they can share those attributes with laboring families as well as their communities.
The doula is also an ally to the father or partner. Their respective roles are similar, but the differences are crucial. The father or partner typically has little actual experience in dealing with the intense pressure of the labor process and may receive enormous benefit from the experienced presence of a doula. Even more important, many fathers experience the birth as an emotional journey of their own and find it hard to be objective in such a situation. A doula will be able to enhance the partner’s role and make him/her more available to the mother. Studies have shown that fathers usually participate more actively during labor with the presence of a professional doula.
The specifics of the doula role in each situation is determined between the doula and the family; each experience is unique and a doula is trained to be flexible and accommodating to the needs of her client. In addition to emotional, physical and informational support, doulas work as advocates for their client’s wishes. She may assist the family in communicating with medical staff or by obtaining information for the client to make informed decisions regarding medical procedures and to ensure that the mother’s birth plan is respected.
If you are passionate about birth and would like to become a professional doula please click on the above tab "Become a Doula" to learn more about our unique certification and mentoring program. If you would like to hire a Doula for your upcoming birth please click on the above tab "Find a Doula" for a list of McDoula Certified Doulas in your area (this list will grow so please chack back frequently).