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?
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.
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.
Introducing Anne-Marie Jones, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, December 2018.
Introducing Syanne Walker, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, June 2018.
Introducing Saffron Garside, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, January 2018.
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.