Greetings doula mamas! I am planning on starting doula training early 2014- but I have to decide which route to go. I'm sure this question has been posed before, but I still have to decide between live vs distance learning (which would ultimately determine which program I go with).
I have looked into DONA, CAPPA, CBI and Birth Arts. DONA does a live workshop in my area once a year and this year it is in May. My initial reaction was to go with DONA because of the hands-on/ connecting with other trainees aspect. However, after considering my Doula friend's experience (trained with DONA about 5 or 6 years ago, lives in another state) and some of what i am reading in the forums, I'm not so sure. My friend realized too late (already in training) what some of DONA's policies were that she didn't agree with. because of this conflict she finished her training but never became certified- and that seems like a common occurrance with DONA trainees? She states to her clients and on her site why she didn't get certified and it doesn't seem to discourage potential clients, however she lives in a much larger & doula-friendly community than I do! I feel like I would like to be certified just to be able to present that to the community.
If it had nothing to do with "live" training, I would say I relate most to Birth Arts. I've heard both they and CAPPA are way more open in their policies. DH thinks I should go with the live one for the reasons I stated, So I am curious what their workshops are actually like. I have given birth three times myself, BF, have witnessed births, and I am friends with a long-practicing CNM (she delivered all my boys). I am a self-directed learner. I am wondering if a live workshop is not as important if I have a decent amount of direct experience and a mentor to go to. I would like to connect with other doulas in my area (It seems like there are only a few in my city! But the city next door has a lot more, that is where the training is).
What training did you go with? pros and cons? live training vs. distance learning? Policy differences?
Edited by mamakitsune - 12/12/13 at 2:30pm