Imagine if every day that you looked in the newspaper, watched the news or enjoyed a film, driving your car was portrayed as one of the most dangerous things you’d ever do in your life.
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.
A mentored doula is someone who has completed a Doula UK accredited preparation course and is working towards recognition through the Doula UK mentoring scheme.
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?
I've been a doula, as well as a doula course facilitator, for 17 years and my favourite part of the job by far, is unlocking the secrets to birth for expectant mothers and for aspiring doulas.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the headlines last weekend after it was revealed they’ve hired a doula to support them during their baby’s birth.
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!)
Each year, around 700,000 babies are born in the UK and yet, I estimate that less than 1 per cent were supported by a doula during birth and/or postnatally.
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.