Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Thinking about becoming a doula?
Let us answer your questions you never thought to ask!
You are a doula at the end of the workshop. There are of course other steps to become a CERTIFIED doula, but this workshop will allow you to work as a doula.
Working as a doula has a lot of ups and downs, like any career. But here are some of the things you might want to consider as you’re deciding if this is the right path for you:
Do you love to support women and families in their OWN choices and decisions?
How much money do you want/need to make from being a doula?
Can you handle working on-call?
Do you work well with others and can you see yourself working alongside a variety of other medical professionals?
What is your motivation for wanting to become a doula?
What are your long-term plans in the field?
Working as a doula can be the most amazing experience and is such an honour to be a part of. If you are thinking this is the right path for you then we encourage you to come to our workshop! If you feel passionate about helping women and families then this could be your next dream job!
Work on your own by running your own private practice
Join a team of doulas who work together to support one another with marketing and advertising
Work for an agency that takes a commission on any work you do, but frees you up from having to do any marketing
The Yellow Pages may also have listings for area childbirth educators or childbirth education courses.
You can also search the Internet for the names of each organization. These web sites offer you links to “find an educator” in your state. You could also do an Internet search in the following format for direct links – (example “Lamaze Toronto”).
Try contacting other doulas, midwives or other professionals in related fields in your area to find resources for childbirth classes.
Group 1 - Read at least ONE of the following:
The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help you Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus (2012, or later)
Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton with Elaine G. Clift (2014, or later)
Group 2 - Read at least ONE of the following:
- The New Pregnancy & Childbirth: Choices and Challenges by Sheila Kitzinger (2011, or later)
- Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: the Complete Guide by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler, and Janelle Durham (2010, or later)
- The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: an All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between by Ann Douglas (2012, or later)
- The Simple Guide to Having a Baby: a Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Janet Whalley, Penny Simkin and Ann Keppler (2012, or later)
Group 3 - Read at least ONE of the following:
- Optimal Care in Childbirth: the Case for a Physiologic Approach by Henci Goer and Amy Romano (2012, orlater)
- An Easier Childbirth: a Mother’s Guide to Birthing Normally by Gayle Peterson (2008, or later)
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (2008, or later)
- Natural Hospital Birth: the Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel (2011, or later)
Group 4 - Read at least ONE of the following:
- Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, (2010, or later)
- Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding: the Canadian Expert Offers the Most Up-to-Date Advice on Every Aspect of Breastfeeding by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman (2015, or later)
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman (2010, or later)
- The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins (2015, or later)
Group 5 - Read at least ONE of the following:
- This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin (2013, or later)
- The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (2005, or later)
- Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women's Stories of Trauma and Growth by Walker Karraa (2014, or later)
- Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide by Pacific Postpartum Support (2014, or later)
Group 6 - Read at least ONE of the following:
- The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Mother Baby Business by Patty Brennan (2014, or later)
- Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success! by Paulina Perez with Deaun Thelen (2010, or later)
- The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox (2014, or later)
- Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals by Tori O’Neal-McElrath (2013, or later)
- You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself by Harry Beckwith and Christine Clifford (2011, or later)
- Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You’re Worth by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck (2012, or later)
- Body of Work: Finding The Thread That Binds Your Story Together by Pamela Slim (2013, or later)