I've been thinking about becoming a doula since I was pregnant with my son in 2009. I've read all of the books that all the certification courses require, done much research on the topic, and have attended one non-birth as a doula (pill abortion.) After I supported my friend through her abortion I realized that being a doula would be a wonderful profession for me because I'm compassionate, supportive, and knowledgeable. Another friend also asked me if I would attend her birth, and I told her I would be honored.
I know you don't have to be certified, but what are the pros? Cons?
I am speaking with a friend on Monday about my wedding photography (she's doing it for free) and her and her husband are pregnant with their first child. I offered to sit down with her and her partner and discuss me being their doula, and offered it free of charge as it would be my first actual birth that I would be attending.
In my eyes, compassion, support, and passion for what you are doing are good enough to be a doula, and if the mama and partner "click" with you and feel like you would be a valuable support system.
What are your thoughts on this?
At what point would you start charging? I want to offer my services to everyone, so I want to work on a sliding scale according to the families income and needs. I know I need experience first, which is why I am offering to do these ones for free, and I am also just passionate about birth and providing a wonderful support system for those who choose me.