No, you don’t! This is a common question that many considering a career as a Doula ask. It’s also a stumbling block to getting started on the journey. What’s important is your training. The quality of your birth work education should be your top consideration. You’ll also want to set up a future plan for continuing education that perfects your Doula skills. So, why do some choose to be “certified”? Certification as a Doula simply means that you’re attaching to a governing body that directs your standards of practice. There’s no regulation for the birth work industry so, some organizations self-proclaim themselves as certifying agencies.
This is a self-paced course… how are you planning for success. I highly suggest utilizing a calendar so that you can schedule your study and research time. Scheduling your time will assist with creating balance between this new venture and the rest of your life. You don’t have to get fancy. You can use a dollar store calendar or an electronic one on your computer or smart-phone. The point is to implement this very important step -planning. Remember, failure to plan is a plan to fail.