I just started on the path to become a DONA certified doula, and I have been doing the readings and taking the classes I need to - but that is the easy part! As part of the certification I need to attend 3 births as a doula, and I'm not sure how to go about that.
How do I find someone who wants a totally inexperienced volunteer doula? I feel bad just jumping into an experience as important and intense as that, like I won't know what to do with myself and I'll annoy the mother ;) I have had a child myself so I have at least some idea of what it can be like, and I do think of myself as a calm and supportive person.
Would it be a good idea to try and shadow another doula first? I will be moving somewhere (Bozeman, MT) that I don't think has a very high demand for doulas, and there is probably only 1-2 of them in town so I'm not sure what the chances of that are, or even of finding people that want a doula at all. Any thoughts?