Doula Adventures

Hey there! If you clicked on this page, you may have a myriad of questions, like What is a doula? or Does Doula Adventures mean she's going to post pictures of body fluids? or  How did this business major become a doula? or How does one become certified? All of those are valid questions and I'll do my best to answer them, as well as any other questions you have.

I started seriously considering becoming a doula in May 2014. In June, I made it official in this post, and this is where I officially started the certification process. Here's my business name and logo! This page is where I'm linking resources, book reviews, and thoughts about this journey. Enjoy!

Oh, and to answer those initial questions:
A doula comes from the Greek word "doule" and means "a woman who serves." Today, a doula is someone who provides physical and emotional support to a laboring woman. She is a specially trained birth companion {more info here}, and a doula's presence can dramatically improve a birth experience.

No yucky body fluid pictures will be posted, I promise. I'll also do my best to use G-rated vocabulary words, but we'll see how long that lasts.

Well, this business major realized that my passions lie closer to individuals than businesses, but that doesn't mean my education is a waste. A lot of doulas are self-employed, so much of what I learned will be put to good use; it will just be used differently than originally planned.

I'll be earning my certification through Birth Arts International {BAI}. Originally I'd considered DONA International, but because of the timeline and fees, I'm going to go with BAI. They offer an e-learning program for a reasonable price, there is no time limit, and there's no membership fee or need to renew. These are the three main reasons I chose BAI. The beauty of doula certification is that there are lots of options out there, so you're bound to find something that works with your personality, preferences, budget, etc.

Please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know, and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Resources I've Found Helpful:

Birth Arts International certification process

BAI Required Reading list

The DONA Doula Chronicles, DONA's blog

Tax tips for doulas

Posts Regarding Books and Classes:

Starting a birth class

First Bradley Class thoughts

1/3 of Bradley

Review of "Natural Hospital Birth"

End of Bradley Class

Review of "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering"

Guest Review of "Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth"

Review of "The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth"

Review of "Spiritual Midwifery"

Review of "The Labor Progress Handbook"

Review of "Choosing Naia"

1 comment:

  1. I want to stand up and CHEER! I'm so flipping excited for you :) I'll be watching your doula journey as I want to become a doula myself one day!