What sort of training and certifications did you complete to become a birth doula?
I have trained and worked with a non-profit organization in Montreal called Montreal Birth Companions. The organization is run by a longtime doula and midwife, Rivka Cymbalist. She teaches multiple levels of doula care whereby classroom attendance is mandatory for learning. She has developed a great format to learn about the doula world and meet fellow doulas in training with which to build your birth worker community.
Upon completion of the courses graduates are able to work alongside a mentor doula as they provide free volunteer doula services to women in the community. The clients tend to be women who have recently immigrated to Canada, are non-status, or of need. This is a great model in which birth doulas can learn and grow their craft into something that will work for their future clients.
I have also trained with Doulas of North America (DONA) and appreciated the universality of that course. Deborah Pascali-Bonaro was the leader of the session and she created a world of possibility in the eyes of the new doulas. She breathes a positive energy into every topic giving us hope that the birthing world can be a pleasant and warm community.
As I am now in Toronto, I am reaching out to community organizations and ready to begin a new journey in a new birthing community.
If you would like to learn more about any of these organizations, feel free to contact me.