How I Started My Career as a Postpartum Doula
After I finished with my college classes, I decided to start on my road to become a postpartum doula. Postpartum doulas are a type of healthcare professional that provides support to new mothers and their newborns after their childbirth. After a mother’s childbirth experience, they are left emotionally and physically drained. As a postpartum doula, I will be trained to provide both emotional and physical support as the new mom makes her recovery. I will also offer education on how to take care of the newborn with such advice as breastfeeding positions and how to bath an infant.
My path to being a postpartum doula started with me applying for postpartum doula training through the CAPPA program. This training was in the form of workshops which demonstrated various supportive techniques for the mother as well as the newborn. I also took online classes which helped me to recognize the various postpartum moods which can affect the mother emotionally after childbirth. Finally, I read books which helped me to learn about infant care tips during the first few weeks after birth. My instructors taught me how to ease the transition of the family with their new family member.
I highly recommend getting certified as a postpartum doula. Both DONA and CAPPA are excellent certification programs which enabled me to find clients quickly after receiving my certification. There are many advantages of getting a postpartum doula certification. Your clients will know that you have passed a rigorous curriculum where you have had hands on training. Additionally, most certification programs can aid you in making contacts and networking with potential clients in order to start your doula business. I hope my journey has helped anyone interested in becoming a postpartum doula.
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