The process of becoming a doula isn’t hard, because doulas do not do anything medical.
Working as a doula is probably the hardest work you’ll ever love. Here are 5 reasons why you should become a doula!
1) You Will Make a Difference
Studies show that when women receive continuous support from a doula they are more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births, less likely to have pain medication, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, negative feelings about childbirth, and their chances of having a cesarean were reduced! In addition, their labors were shorter, Pitocin augmentation was used less, and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth and had less risk of needing to go to the NICU.
Studies compared women giving birth with and without a doula, and the results were clear: The best birth outcomes occurred when women had a continuous support from a doula, and NOT from someone else such as a hospital staff, friend or relative. --2012, Hodnett et al.
2) You Will Get to Witness the Miracle of Birth (without having the responsibility of safety for mom and baby)!
If you find yourself glued to every TV show or movie that has a birth in it, you may find that you are in love with the birth process. Imagine being able to be part of that without having to be the one getting who gets the birth goo all over them. If the baby is experiencing complications, you aren’t the one making life dependant decisions, your role is to simply support the mother and hold her hand.
3) It's not just about birth:
You will help provide information before and after the birth. You can help parents feel more confident about their parenting skills, and create a stronger family unit in the process. Your impact is often life long!
4) You Get Paid to do Something You are Passionate About
The salary you make depends on you. You are in charge of how many births you want to take a month. You decide if you want to own your own business, or work for an agency, or start your own agency. You can make $12,000 or $50,000, and even six figures if you put some elbow grease into it.
5) The World Needs More Doulas!
In a 2006 survey that took place in the U.S., only 3% of women said they used a doula during childbirth (Declerq et al., 2007). If doulas can reduce cesarean rates, and ultimately decrease the mortality rates for mothers and babies – wouldn’t it be nice if there were more doulas to go around?
Are you ready to make a difference? Join DoulaVersity today!