Doula Certification

I'm gathering up my paperwork for certification through DONA. I want to be able to send it all off after I've completed my childbirth education series in March and attend my client (edd 3/15) so I have yet another birth from which to choose to submit for consideration.

It's exciting to be approaching this milestone! Hopefully all the paperwork will be in order and the childbirth education classes are appropriate, the births satisfy the requirements, and that my essays are good enough. I had hoped to get my paperwork in by Badger's first birthday but that didn't come close to happening -- I hadn't even attended one birth that would have counted.

6 comments:

kris said...

what? you haven't had a birth that would count? what does that mean? that kind of birth does it have to be to count??

Karen said...

for DONA certification, in order for a birth to "count," I have to provide continuous support from the onset of active labor, ie 4 cm. Of the 3 births I'm submitting, the first I was in the ER waiting room with them and it was a good 45 minutes before she was examined, at which time she was 5cm -- so that's iffy. A second birth, Mom was 3cm at 745; I arrived around 8, and by 815 she was SIX cm! So those two births, I'm not sure if they'll be accepted by the reviewers. My third birth is totally in the clear, dilation-wise, and I do have another birth I'll be attending in March, so if that's a clearer example of support from an earlier dilation then I can use that too!

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