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Hi Wendi –
I’ve been thinking about your post for a couple of days, and wanted to put in my 2-cents worth.
First of all, let me say that I am a new doula, and an all-volunteer doula – presently I do this as a ministry and not for money. I do this work for single parents that don’t have money, or for very-young single moms that are choosing to carry their babies to term. I have two reasons I volunteer for this – I have a fulltime, well-paying job already in the computer industry, and the pay for doulas is . . . (heehee) well, yeah. Second, if being a doula is my job instead of my form of prayer & pleasure, it seems would become just “one more thing” that I have to do and thus I would lose the enjoyment of it – don’t know if that makes sense or not.
But working as a volunteer for a hospital, after the hospital-doula training course, made me a bit cautious. Being around birth is to witness miracles, and in this sense it would be worth it. However, does the hospital want volunteers to fill in for the nurses that they are not hiring? To me that just doesn’t seem right. Also I, like HeatherE, have to ask whether your will be supporting the mom or supporting the hospital procedures.
You also might be interested in knowing that, for certification purposes, DONA requires that “ . . .labor support must begin before or at the onset of the active phase of labor (defined as 4 centimeters).” So, it might be that the hospital labors won’t be qualified births for DONA certification purposes.
Good luck with your passion ~ so good to be reminded that there are such caring people out there!