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Next weekend I start training to become a labor doula! I'm really excited. I am sure I will learn a lot for my home birth and I am hoping to meet someone there who will be a doula for me as well. I still need to find someone else to be at my birth. Anyways, YAY
 

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Wow! That is exciting!<br>
Feel free to pass on any good tips/knowledge on to us, ok?!!? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
How long is your training? Is it alot of classroom time or mainly assisting another doula/midwife?<br><br>
Congrats & good luck...that is so cool!
 

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YAY! That's great! I am excited for you!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Who are you doing your training through? I was glad to see in your post that you were looking for a doula. I had done some training to become a doula before I has ds and silly me thought I could doula myself in labor! DUH!!! Not the smartest decision I have ever made! Not that my dp wasn't great, but in hindsight, a doula would have helped me tremendously! After my son was born, I trained through DONA and Debra Pascali-Bonaro was my teacher, she is amazing!!! She is putting out a movie called Orgasmic Birth. Heard of it? Check her out on the web, she's a cool mama. Have fun! Let us know how it goes.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We didn't do any assisting another doula when I did my DONA training but it was quite in depth and a long training, but I would have LOVED to be able to be in with a birth before doing one as a doula. That was a little intimidating - going to a first birth without having seen another doula do their thing. I was SO SO SO nervous, I felt like I was going to throw up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I offer to let someone observe me for those reasons. Some doulas never take a training class and they learn by apprenticing, and some do - neither are more talented or prepared than the other. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I had a midwife tell me she could be my doula and my midwife - that's just not possible. Same as doula'ing yourself. I have a friend lined up. She is a UCing momma herself and while she isn't a trained doula, I think it's going to be just enough support to be perfect between my DH and she. She has a quiet personality and I trust her. I wasn't sure about someone new in my UC space so this seems like it's going to work best.<br><br>
Good luck at your training and finding someone who fits well with you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm going through Cappa. I go to a 3 day workshop this weekend and then get started on a list of required reading (which is easy for me because I read like crazy anyways). Then I have to attend so many births and take what the said was basically an open book test before becoming certified. I can't remember if I am missing anything. I can't wait though.
 

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I decided not to become certified, but I fulfilled all the requirements all the same. Have a great time, taking those days to absolutely immerse yourself in birth is SO fun (if you are that kind of person <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Same, birthfree....I am having a very close friend acting as a doula for me, and I chose not to become certified either! I did all the requirements, and attended well over the three births, but when my deadline was coming up, I couldn't find my packet! I bought an extension, and then said oh, screw it. I wanted the cd after my name when I got into it, but then realized it was so not about that for me. I am happy being a doula and feel I do a great job, and get great references from my clients. The only reason I would go back to get the CD status was if I were to go to the local hospitals to change doula policies or create a group of doulas in a hospital. It would matter to the administrators, and give me some sort of rock to stand on! But then again, I got really burnt out on hospital births and am shying away from them for a while!<br><br>
The immersion into the birth world that you get from the training is totally amazing! It was so much fun to bond with these other women and focus on everything birth related for an entire weekend. And it is intimidating to go to that first birth solo! I did partner up with a friend/doula in training for a few births and it was great for us, and the mama got two doulas massaging and supporting her!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have been at 2 births besides my own. One as a nursing student and one with my best friend. I loved it.<br>
I plan to do doula training and midwife assistant training after this babe is born. The woman who is going to be my doula will be a certified midwife sometime this year and has asked me if I was interested in doing the training. I was so excited!
 
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