I have been interested in becoming a doula for some time (about 5 years). I used to be an academic with a PhD in chemistry but after two years of a post-doctoral fellowship I decided academic and laboratory work were not for me. I have been a stay at home mom for awhile now and have 3 children, all with different birth experience. My most beautiful birth was my third who was born at home surrounded by family. That made me consider midwifery in addition to being a doula. With a newborn I am not ready to dive into midwifery right now, but I do have the time and resources to work on doula cerification. I have two questions.
1.) What are my options for doula certification? I have looked into DONA and like it but I want to know all of my options.
2.) I am prepared to fully immerse myself in becoming and being a doula. But since my homebirth I really feel midwifery might be my eventual path. Would training to be and working as a doula for a few years be good preparation before starting direct-entry midwifery studies? I am not interested in becoming a CNM, I would rather do CPM.