Doulas are highly trained professionals. The certification process includes an in depth training workshop, assigned reading, essays, observing births, compiling resource lists, breastfeeding education, and finally being evaluated on our services at births attended. All certifying organizations require recertification after a certain period of time. This includes new evaluations and continuing education credits. There are many opportunities for doulas to expand their knowledge through additional certifications, workshops, classes, and more.
A doula is NOT a doctor, nurse, or midwife and is not trained to make medical decisions. She is an addition to your team, not a replacement for the doctor, the nurse, or the mother's partner and family. Doulas are there to help the mother and her birth team make empowered, evidence based choices during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
A doula is, simply put, the keeper of the space. She is the ever watchful, ever diligent presence who will hold your hand if it needs holding. She will breathe with you and move with you and chant with you through every contraction. She will be by your side for as long as you need her - to offer advice or just give you that nod that says everything is alright.