My name is Janet and I am an aspiring doula interested in both birth and post-partum work. I had no idea what a doula was until my first child was born when I was 41. I had a difficult birth, b'feeding difficulties and no outside support. The IBCLC working with me recommended a PP doula, who turned out to be a wonderful lady who really got my "mothering" up and running.
I am presently a school supervisor (go figure!!), and financially can't retire or leave to pursue a new career at this time. So my work will probably be sporadic. But I'm determined to push on!
A question for birth doulas: I have never witnessed or experienced a vaginal/normal/natural birth (my 2 births were unplanned c/s). I honestly question my competence to go into a birth situation after a two-day training. Do experienced doulas ever allow "apprentice doulas", if you will, go with them to births (with the client's permission)? I would feel much better if I had some observation time under my belt.
Prior to being a school supervisor, I was a speech therapist. Before we ever worked with clients we were required to do 30 hours of observations. This seems like good practice even for doulas. I would even be willing to pay a doula for this privilege.
Looking forward to being part of this group!!