In the spirit of new discoveries and new journey’s I thought I would share a great resource that has helped me to become informed of this field of doula-tryness (Ok that’s not really a word but it sounded good in my head).
A great book I stumbled upon was written by Rachel Gurevich titled FabJob Guide to Become a Doula. She does an incredible job going over every aspect of the doula world.
She goes into detail covering things from the type of doula careers available, to resources to become certified to how to handle hard situations with clients who need help. Just looking at her table of contents gave me a good idea of what a doula does. It made me realize there was a lot to it and that I could through time, develope my own characteristics to my style and profession. For example I am a CMT (certified massage therapist) and can include massages as a part of my services. I also enjoy knitting and have considered making a baby hat for each pregnancy I’m a part of. I’ve also entertained the idea of providing some stretching coaching as I LOVE stretching and have been an athlete for over 15 years. These are just a few examples of the possiblities that came to me from reading this guide.
Please check out her book if you need an introdution into becoming a doula or if you’re considering hiring one for your pregnancy I can see that it would help potential moms see what is available to them if they know what they’re looking for. I purchased an electronic version online $30 and it was worth every dollar!! Check out this fabjob website to get your copy.