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I've been attending women at home after birth for awhile and have alot of history in birth, breastfeeding and nursing care (in a former life I trained as a nurse assistant and I spent many years in hospice care) I also do LLL and volunteer shadowed a lactation consultant here for several years, so I feel I'm qualified and have been visiting homes for years but I've always felt a little uncomfortable when people assume I'm certified in that or that I am a doula. I am in one sense of the word, but years later the Dioula term is almost owned exclusively by the orgs<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So if you are an untrained (meaning you haven't taken and don't plan to take the DONA or CAPPA Post Partum Doula course) what could you call yourself?
 

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Do you belong to the Colorado Doulas Association? They have a pretty active postpartum doula program and email group. All of the uncertified doulas I know call themselves doulas anyway.
 

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ya, definitely doula: "Postpartum Doula"<br><br><br>
Sooooooooooo many doulas are NOT certified through the Big Organizations. It does mean a lot to SOME doulas to have the certification attached to their business, but to so many others it's irrelevant!<br><br>
Congratulations--you are a doula!!
 

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Anyone can call themselves a doula so feel free to use the term, as long as you aren't calling yourself a certified doula when you are not, it isn't an issue at all.
 
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