I’ve decided that I want to become a doula.
On Saturday night I went from not knowing what a doula was to wanting to be a doula in about 15 minutes.
There are a lot of different certifying organizations out there, but the one I like best so far is Childbirth International. I came across them mainly because all the other big organizations require a weekend training seminar, which wouldn’t work because of the Sabbath. They allow you to do everything through distance education, plus your birth observations and a childbirth class that you do locally. Plus I really like that they’ve streamlined the certification process so it’s not in eight different pieces with different prices like the other organizations. PLUS they don’t make you pay them to “recertify” yourself every couple years. I’m impressed.
So, it’s probably not something that I’ll do right away (I’ve got enough course work and job insecurity to think about right now), but I would definitely like to pursue it in the future.
I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.