I get a good amount of people asking what it takes to become a doula! So here's some helpful information for anyone who might be interested in diving into this field.
To start off, the doula industry is not regulated. This means that there is no specific training or certification that is required to be a doula. However, with hospital restrictions due to covid, being certified is highly recommended, as many hospitals are requiring proof of certification before permitting a doula.
So, where to start? There are so many organizations that are training doulas, which gives you the opportunity to find one that is suitable for you. It may be overwhelming trying to choose a certifying organization, but taking your time to research will be well worth it. Do you want to attend a hands-on training? Or are you comfortable with online training? Weekend workshop or extended online training? Or combination? You should look into their curriculum and certification requirements.
Also, what is your budget? Some organizations charge over $1,000. Some charge a few hundred or less. Many offer payment plans and some offer grants, discounts, or scholarships. Be sure to find out what is included in the organization's fee and if there are any additional fees.
And here is the most important part- Find a training organization that you ALIGN with. Are you looking for an organization that is religious-based? One that has a holistic/natural-minded approach? Do you want to make sure that your organization is inclusive? What is the organization's reputation, and do you want to be affiliated with them?
Narrow down your selections and then take some time to look deeper into those organizations. Spend time on their websites. Follow their social media. Join some non-biased doula pages (not run by a specific organization) and ask questions about the organizations you are interested in. Do a Google search and see what comes up.
Do not rush into anything. Take your time and find what is right for you! This website has a list of organizations to look into: https://doulamatch.net/evaluating-doula-certifications.aspx