Becoming A Doula

A doula is a trained woman who provides physical, emotional and informational support to families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.


How does one become a doula? A first step is to read books about birth and doula work. Some titles to start with are:


  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
  • The Doula Book by Marshall Klaus
  • The Doula Advantage by Rachel Gurevich


If you are still thinking of becoming a doula, you would then look into the different doula training organizations. Some of these are:



Talk to other doulas in your community or here at the Mothering “Birth Professionals” forum. Other birth professionals are great resources for your questions about doula-ing and birth work.

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