You want to become a Postpartum Doula?
Several years ago when I found out that “postpartum doula” was a job, the next step was to figure out, how can I do this job? Where do I start?
For most of us the start of becoming a postpartum doula is to take a postpartum doula training. That’s what I did, and that is what I recommend to others.
Postpartum Doula Training offers a foundations of knowledge and skills to help you get started.
Which doula organization?
The next step is choosing which organization you want to join. There are many different organizations that train doulas. Some are more local, some are international. All of them offer different types of member benefits. Follow-up and customer service where very high on my list of what is important to me. As a member of the postpartum doula faculty with CAPPA I quickly respond to people who are interested in postpartum doula training in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. I love to support trainees in lots of ways so they have great start after training.
What You Will Learn
- Scope of Practice for Postpartum Doula
- Supporting parents in the immediate postpartum period
- Breastfeeding support
- Baby care techniques
- Calming and soothing techniques
- Postpartum Mood Disorders
- SIDS/Back to Sleep Campaign
- Listening and communication skills
- Record keeping and contracts
- Creating and marketing your business
- Networking solutions
- and so much more!
What I love about being a Postpartum Doula
I’ll be honest. I started this career because I love babies! Now, my favorite part of the job is helping new moms feel confident, and offering them support. I think about being a new mother myself, and what I wished for was for someone to offer me help and guidance with no agenda! It seemed everyone wanted me to do it their way. Their way didn’t always feel right to me, and so I fumbled my way into motherhood, and I eventually figured it out myself.
In my work as a postpartum doula, I’m honored to give new moms and dads evidence based support. I want them to do what feels right to them for their baby! It’s awesome and very rewarding.
In addition to supporting new moms and dads is caring for their babies. If mom needs to rest, or shower than I will care for her little one(s). This is where the “I love babies” part of the job comes in! Although, there have been times where I never need to hold a client’s baby. My main job is making her life easier so a new mom can snuggle her baby.
Postpartum Doula Faculty
I received my B.A. from Western Michigan University and put my degree to use teaching middle school. While I traveled the world with my Army Major husband I decided to focus on raising my children. Caring for my newborn babies without extended family nearby meant I had to look for other sources of support and led me to my calling as a postpartum doula.
My postpartum doula business is called The After Baby Lady.
I love to support women and families as they welcome new life to their family. In addition to baby-wearing and calming chaos for new parents, I’m a certified H.U.G. teacher, and I lead classes to help parents feel more confident with their newborns.
Training women to become postpartum doulas in Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, for CAPPA merges my love of education and supporting women during their transition to motherhood.
My husband and I raise our wonderful brood of four kids. I try to tame the laundry monster and relax in the bathtub to read.