Do You Have a Passion for Helping Others?
Perhaps the Doula Life Is For You!
Have you ever thought to yourself, "Wow - I'd LOVE to help women through childbirth!"??? Have you been curious about what it takes to support a family through pregnancy, birth and the immediate postpartum period? Do you have a PASSION for helping families make informed decisions that work for THEIR growing family? Then perhaps the doula life is for you!
Becoming a professional labor doula takes much more than witnessing a few births!!!
This profession requires compassion, respect, and love above all else, but it also requires business and marketing skills, a deep knowledge base surrounding pregnancy, birth, labor interventions, and postpartum, a passion for evidence-based care, the ability to set boundaries, and an understanding of various providers, locations, and hospital policies...the list goes on and on! Training with Powerful Mamas® will give you a solid foundation on your road to becoming a successful, professional labor doula.
The CAPPA Labor Doula curriculum is designed to engage a variety of learning styles as well as encourage interaction rather than passive learning. Trainings are 20 hours, and include plenty of hands-on, role-playing, and discussion-based learning.
Topics Covered Include:
- Prenatal and postpartum consultations
– Labor support skills for physiologic, medicated, and cesarean births
– Critical thinking skills to help you understand informed decision making and research
– Skills to support breastfeeding initiation
– Marketing and business skills
– Scope of Practice for Labor Doulas
– And so much more!
In addition, if you register early you’ll receive a Labor Doula Starter Bag! This includes educational models and informational laminates you can use with your clients, massage tools, and a variety of other goodies, all contained in a useful tote bag you’ll use over and over!
Join me on the adventure of a lifetime! You’ll leave your CAPPA Labor Doula Training with the confidence to begin living your dream and the skills to become successful!
Questions to Consider:
“Shouldn’t I take the cheapest training I can find?”
In a word, no. First of all, your career and YOU are worth more! Also, do you remember the saying “You get what you pay for”? A cheaper training is not going to be as complete, will not include all of the skills you need, and may not leave you with the possibility of certifying with a reputable and internationally recognized organization. If you’ve done some research, you’ve seen online boards and groups where doulas discuss aspects of their work. Look for boards or pages not owned by any particular certifying body and check out what these professionals say about their education and certifying bodies.
“Does it matter who is teaching the workshop?”
Definitely! Look for organizations that have rigorous standards for their instructors, and for instructors who have a great deal of experience both in the field and as instructors. I've helped hundreds of families as they begin their journey into parenthood as both a labor doula and a childbirth educator. I also hold a Masters degree in Teaching, so I have more than just hands on experience as a doula - I also know how to TEACH!
“Does certification really matter?”
ABSOLUTELY! Certification shows both parents and other professionals that you take your career seriously, that you stay current in your field, that you’ve met requirements to ensure you have a complete skill set, and that you follow a strong Scope of Practice. It shows accountability, professionalism, and responsibility. This matters to the other professionals caring for your clients, and increasingly matters to parents who want to ensure they are hiring a true professional.
“Why certify with CAPPA?”
CAPPA is international, founded in 1998, and has required an exam for certification since the beginning. No other nationally recognized organization has such thorough and complete training and certification requirements. Achieving CAPPA certification is something you can be truly proud of! In addition, CAPPA is an organization that has vision, professional standards, and yet manages to feel like a family! Catch the CAPPA Vision! You can read more about The CAPPA Approach here. Also keep in mind that unlike some other organizations, CAPPA allows you room to grow as a birth professional by offering many other certification programs, which you may want to pursue after your labor doula career has gotten off the ground.