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#1 of 8 Old 05-28-2008, 07:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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hello everyone!

i've made the decision to start working towards being certified as a birth doula - i think i've pretty much decided to go with DONA for certification. now i'm trying to choose a birth doula workshop in the NYC area. does anyone have any experience with doula training in NYC? the ones currently being offered are listed here. is anyone familiar with any of the workshop leaders listed? are there certain people whose approach you liked best? i would love to hear your thoughts!

also, if you work in the NYC area as a birth doula, i'd love to hear more about your experiences more generally!

thanks in advance.
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Theey are all great but I would go with Natashia or Ilana if I had to pick one. I work in NYC - Brooklyn mostly - ask anything you would like.

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thanks for the response!

a couple more questions...

how did you go about getting your births for certification? (assuming you're certified).

are you involved with the metropolitan doula group, or any other local doula groups?

thanks!
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I am certified and I got my certifying births through friends and connections mostly. I am on the Metro Doula yahoo group but not a paid member. You can subscribe now and you might also be able to get certifying births through other doulas. I keep a list of volunteer doulas in training to give to people when they contact me for very low fee or free doula services. You can also put a post on belly women to advertise for low cost doula services.

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I second everything that Megan said.
I too would also go with Natashia or Ilana.

Sign on to the Metro Doula Yahoo email group, they list requests from clients who want doulas looking to attend birth for certification for a low fee or volunteer opportunities almost daily. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/metrodoulagroup/


If you pay to become a member you will also get in addition the private listings for members only for volunteer, and low paying clients.
It is worth the small fee to be a member.

They also have monthly meeting in downtown manhattan. Go to thoses and meet other doula and let people know you are available. You do not have to be a member to attend the monthly meeting.


http://www.metrodoula.com/meetings.htm
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thanks for the suggestions, i'm going to sign up for the yahoo group now!
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I personally prefer Momdoulary training - you get 6 certifications in one, so you can do more with it.  Plus they give you a lot more training, 20 weeks versus one weekend, and they give you the business tools with all the digital files of client handouts, recordkeeping tools, set you up with a website and give you a mentor.  I feel like there's a lot more support. Plus the free annual convention in NY for their graduates and the app they have etc.   I don't know. I just want to feel like I've got people seriously on my side.  

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Oh. Now I see this is a really old thread :(  

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