Hello everyone! I've been looking into certifying to be a labor doula (and possibly postpartum, and CBE as well). I think I've narrowed it down to BAI and CBI.
I really like that BAI teaches from the Wise Woman tradition, and that they see birth as a transition from womanhood to motherhood. I am just unsure as to how well the courses are organized, what material they cover, and what exactly I would do in the workbook or other assignments? Also, do you get a mentor assigned to you (like you do in CBI)?
I've heard great things about CBI and have read the syllabus, so I know that the three segments are Communication, Physiology in Birth, and Birth Doula Skills. I really like how the website and syllabus are organized, so I think I can assume the workbooks will also be well organized. What I wonder about CBI is how natural or into the Wise Woman tradition they are? I like the idea of learning natural remedies and the like. Also any more info about the material discussed, and assignments required is always helpful. :)
Thank you for any help. :)
CBI is open to any methods. They don't go into any one particular method in depth, but you can always get additional books geared especially towards aromatherapy or something like that if you want to learn more.
I am with CBI and for the most part I do like it. I like that I have an unlimited time to complete things and it's all at my own pace. The material is very in depth and my trainers are very quick to respond to all my assignments or anything I have questions on.
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
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