My name is Patricia (that's Pah-treat-zee-ah) and I grew up in Germany before travelling the world and finally settling in Ireland.
A newly trained doula is someone who has completed a doula course and is often working towards accreditation or certification through a doula organisation.
I'm Emily and I live in London with my three-year-old daughter, Juno. I've been a doula for just under a year and I feel like I've finally found my "home"! I am a recognised postnatal doula and I'm currently working towards my recognition as a birth doula.
Dear Professor Whitty & Mr. Matthew Hancock,
We are writing to express our concern over the continued restrictions and temporary policies in maternity care. Implemented during the initial outbreak of the Covid Pandemic, such restrictions were prudent but now, as lockdown eases and some NHS trusts are beginning to revert these rules, many others are continuing to restrict the rights of healthy pregnant women and birthing people for no apparent medical reason. We believe that the restrictions currently in place due to the Covid outbreak are not necessary, not based on scientific evidence, are disrespecting human rights and are not proportionate to achieve the objective of limiting the spread of the virus.
We’re in the middle of a pandemic and we’re living a life that feels very strange and restricted compared to what we have been used to. There are a lot of unknowns as well as unanswered questions. How long will this go on for? Could I be at risk? Could someone I love and care about die?
Working as a doula needs to be financially viable and I’d like to see more doulas thinking about their doula work as a proper business.
One of the questions I’m often asked is: why is my doula preparation course so short? Is my four-day workshop, plus a pre and post course module really enough to get someone who has no other formal training ready to begin their career as a doula?
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope you’re feeling as well as you’re looking and that you and Harry are enjoying this incredibly special time.
Being on-call can be a testing time for a doula, particularly if there's a special occasion coming up where you'd usually enjoy a drink (or two!)
Being a birth doula is probably one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. To be at a woman's side, supporting her (and her partner) while she births her baby is an extraordinary privilege. However, thanks to the unpredictable nature of childbirth, one of the aspects of the job that needs to be navigated is the on-call period.
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.