I'm Heather, and I am planning to pursue midwifery education. It's something I've been thinking about for a long time, but only recently decided to go for.
I've been thinking of doing a Doula workshop in a couple of weeks, and hopefully getting some doula experience, before starting the midwifery course, mostly because classes are a few months away at best. But the workshop I'm looking at is quite expensive.
I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts about whether they think it would be worth if for me to do this doula workshop, or whether it's just an extra expense. I'm looking at it as a chance for me to experience some of the "lifestyle" (on-call, etc). But I kind of feel like it's just more time away from my toddler and an expense I can't really afford.
I would love to hear thoughts!
eta: apprenticing is very expensive and a doula workshop is going to be the least of your expenses. As a doula, you can take on doula clients during your preceptor's slow months for some extra income.
I agree with this if your preceptor will allow it. I do know of preceptors that make it clear that you are on their time, at all times, and will drop you if you take on births other than theirs.
Anyway, thanks for the thoughts!
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
DD Seraphina born at home on 2/21/2012!"Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one."
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
I'm beginning to think I really should do this. Spend some time on-call and attending births before I commit to the midwife path. I expect the whole process to take me many years, as I have a toddler and plan another kid sometime.