How to Become a Doula

Many people find themselves wishing to become a doula after going through their own pregnancies or simply grow up always having an innate desire to help expectant mothers through the difficult birthing process.
To become a doula, you need to:

  1. Set your expectations. Doula care while romantic, can be an emotionally taxing career; with emotional highs from smiling newborns to the stress of self-employment and difficult births.

  2. Establish Your Value. Is there a strong community of doulas in your area? Plan to establish yourself and build your own personal brand. Get amongst local community groups and give away free advice and tips so that everyone knows you’re the person to come to!

  3. Plan Your Career Path. Spend some time to write a business plan and research your local area, how many other doulas are operating? How are you going to market yourself? Make sure to plan for your future growth.

  4. Get your training. You’re going to want to know everything these is on doing successful deliveries so invest in yourself first and set yourself up for success. There’s lots of options out there for doula training, Online Doula Courses are definitely the most flexible and affordable way to get started but maybe face to face works out better for you. If you do decide on taking an online course our Birth Doula Online Courses & Bundles are a great place to get started.

  5. Start! The hardest step for any new endeavour is the first one so don’t hesitate. Get out there and hit the digital pavement, every client is a new branching tree of opportunities. Before you know it, you’ll be running a successful, fulfilling doula business as your own boss.

What is a Doula?
A doula or birth doula is a professional that provides much needed support to women throughout their childbirth experience. This support ranges before, during and after childbirth to ensure women are having the support they need to be as comfortable as possible. Doulas relieve stress by providing reassurances and informational support, as well as just being there as someone to rely on through this transformational experience.

Doula Career Fast Facts:
•    A doula is a labour companion that provides continuous support during childbirth
•    Doulas are in higher demand than ever since the WHO recommendation that every woman should have a doula to assist her during childbirth
•    You can start a career as a doula by gaining your birth doula certificate, then getting practical training.
•    Doulas make up to $2000 per birth and up to $93,000 a year, depending on how many clients they take.

Should I Become a Doula?
The first question you need to ask yourself before considering how to become a doula is; why do I want to be a doula? If the answer is to provide women with holistic support during this life-changing experience, then you have come to the right place!

Birth doulas have become increasingly popular since the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that every woman should have a doula before, during and after childbirth. Despite the enormous increase of doulas in the industry, the demand for birth doulas is higher than ever.

How can I start a career as a doula?
Before you start applying for jobs or practical experience positions, you should consider what you can do to stand out from other applicants. Employers always prefer applicants that show initiative and a desire to learn. The best thing you can do is get certified as a doula with online training. Not only does this show initiative, but provides you with the experience and knowledge of a doula and ensures you are ready to start in-person training.

How much do doulas earn?
It may come as a surprise, but full-time birth doulas in the US can make up to $93,000 per year! It’s no wonder so many people are asking how to become a doula! Doulas generally charge by the birth (up to $2000), though postpartum periods are billed on-top of the initial cost per hour ($35-$65 an hour). You may be wondering why the pay is so high; the answer is, because doulas are in such high demand and the job can be emotionally taxing.

Why should I choose Courses for Success?
At Courses for Success, our courses are designed to ensure people get the best training experience possible. Through customer feedback and people sharing their success stories with us, we are confident that you will be prepared to step foot into a new career and have a competitive edge over any competition.
Our carefully designed course not only takes you through the history and job role of a doula, but guides you through the initial steps to gaining employment!

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