|After having a wonderful birth with a doula myself, I got the change to be a doula at my friend's birth and i loved it sooo much I decided that is something I really want to do. I've been reading all I can (I printed out that list of books that is stickied). I'm not sure what I should start with. My doula said she started working before she was ever certified and by the time she was ready to get her certification she already had three births lined up (she went through DONA).
Sounds as if you feel the calling!
You are on the right track by reading everything you can. If you choose to be certified, then you do need to attend births before you can certified.
I am getting certified through ALACE and here are the requirements. (I'm a moonlighting doula and a very close to being certified with a full time day job, a toddler and no advertising!)
Requirements to become an ALACE-certified doula:
• Participate in a 3-day ALACE workshop
• Complete required reading list
• Successfully complete an open-book written exam
• Audit a series of childbirth education classes
• Write six (6) self-evaluations of births you have attended
• Obtain three (3) written evaluations from clients whose births you attended or from people you worked with during birth (i.e. midwives, doctors, nurses, etc.)
Google the other doula organization's website for info about their style, training and certification process.
doula training, becoming a member of our local doula listserve, going to homebirth meetings and ican meetings, reading, attending birthing events, lectures.
|Did you start attending births before or after you got certified?
yup, Hope to be certified by the fall.
The doula listserve, word of mouth and MDC/my tribe. Go to vista.com to get business cards!
|When you first start out, do you charge?
I suggest 2 days of babysitting and parking fees but leave it open to the parents. Once I am certified I will charge $500-$600. This is competitive where I live.
|Should I make a website now or wait until I've had more experience? Any advice is much appreciated.
Go for it!!! You can always change content as you develop your practice.