What Makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA Different?
We know that the prospective doula has many certifying organizations to choose from. When choosing to certify as a doula, you should look carefully at each organization and choose one that has traits that will serve you best as you embark on an incredible and fulfilling doula career.
What makes Birth Boot Camp DOULA different from other doula certifying organizations?
-Birth Boot Camp DOULA requires extensive pre-certification reading-
Our doulas read many books and are expected to also own and be familiar with several more for use in their doula practice. Not only are you expected to read these books, we want your feedback. What did you learn from them? What did you love? How will these books further help you as a practicing doula? Our doulas are accountable to us, to their clients, and to themselves.
-Study guide submitted BEFORE training-
In addition to your reading, there is a comprehensive list of questions that you will receive once you have applied to become a Birth Boot Camp DOULA. As you read your books and study, you will fill this out. Two weeks prior to your training, you will submit your study guide (including reading material reviews) to our Birth Boot Camp DOULA certification coordinator, Nancy Rebarchik. Yes- two weeks BEFORE training!
We value this work being done before we meet together for our incredible training experience because it carries many advantages. All our training doulas are on the same page, with the same basis of knowledge. While some may be training as doulas after working for years as L&D nurses, and some may be attending training just after finishing high school and before giving birth themselves, all will have the same basic knowledge necessary to help them be the best doula possible for their clients. Our doula training is not your chance to learn what birth is about- you have already done that!
Maybe you have noticed that many doula trainings expect you do other learning before training also. Often this additional training involves breastfeeding education or childbirth education or both. One thing that is different with Birth Boot Camp DOULA is that we include almost all of this childbirth education and lactation training WITH the single cost of your training. The only exception to this is our requirement for a blood borne pathogens exam which can be completed for a nominal fee through a few respected organizations.
When you register as a doula trainee with Birth Boot Camp DOULA, you will receive access to our 10 week childbirth education online classes. This is INCLUDED in your cost of training. No searching your area for a birth teacher and hoping she will let you watch her teach. No coming a day early for training and paying extra to take a crash course in childbirth with your doula trainer. You get the same intensive, quality, childbirth class that is taught by Birth Boot Camp instructors as part of your training.
-Breastfeeding education and advanced lactation training-
We mentioned that your training price is all-inclusive, right? This includes two things. First, each trainee watches three hours of video, Breastfeeding: the Ultimate MRE. This video taught by an IBCLC, is a fabulous piece of breastfeeding education. Then, at training, each doula trainee has in-person advanced lactation training from Mellanie Shepphard, IBCLC which focuses on the special role of the doula in the early days of breastfeeding. There is no need for you to scramble to find a breastfeeding class in your area and “hope” that it will prepare you for the incredibly important task of assisting a new mom with her first days of breastfeeding. We provide this for all our trainees at no additional cost AND on a consistent, quality basis. This benefits both you and all your future clients. We want our doulas to be confident and capable of providing excellent breastfeeding support for their future families.
-Community and camaraderie among our instructors and doulas-
Many doulas feel so alone when they first start. They are trained up and eager to serve birthing women, but they feel lost and they themselves have no community or support. The work of a doula is both sacred and emotionally taxing. You will need community and support just as much as the women you serve. Birth Boot Camp DOULA provides this. As a company we adore our instructors and doulas and recognize that without them, we are nothing. With constant online support from your peers and trainers (see below) you will never be alone. You will always have a supportive and strong community to build you up no matter the circumstance. Whether you have attended a birth that was difficult for you, or if you just need tips on marketing and community work, we are here for you, every step of the way.
-High quality materials-
One thing that has always been important to us as a company is high quality materials for our instructors and our doulas. We want you to be proud of what you are doing and be able to easily share it with those you come in contact with. We want to make it easy for you to reach out to women and care providers in your area with professional, beautiful materials tailored for your market. Not only will you have access to marketing materials, we provide all our doulas with stock photography that they can use in their own personalized business promotional materials for print and online.
But wait- there’s more! Birth Boot Camp DOULAS have access to the Supporting Arms booklet for their clients which helps organize your pregnancy and postpartum visits and helps with what education is needed with your clients. You will love this book, and so will they. It was designed by doulas for doulas.
-No certification births-
Our doulas are not required to attend certification births before they are officially trained. We respect you, your time, your value, and your in depth training too much to require such antiquated, doula de-valuing practices. Read more about that here.
-You come to us!-
Yes, we realize that not all doulas live in Dallas/Fort Worth and we realize that many other doula trainings will virtually appear in your backyard for certification. We don’t do this. There are many reasons to travel for doula training. Because our training is so comprehensive and awesome, we have a big team that we bring to the table. They are too expensive to cart all over the country, so you come to us. Not only does this keep the cost of our doula training down, but it helps encourage the community and closeness of our doulas that we feel is so important to doula career sustainability.
What does sustainability have to do with doula work? A lot. There are many people who train and try out doula work but only practice for a few short and struggling months or years. We train doulas for the long haul. We want your doula practice to be sustainable for you, your family and your community. This means you don’t help a few women at a reduced price before you burn out and can’t take it any longer. You build a career that supports you and the women in your community. Doula work for the long haul is something we feel strongly about and which we support you in. We can’t express how important this is.
This plays into sustainability because no matter how perfected your double hip squeeze, if nobody hires you, you can’t use it. There are other doula programs just starting to provide business training for doulas separate from their regular training. Again, we include it along with everything else. Business training isn’t an add-on that you pay for when you have enough money- it is an integral part of your training.
Your doula trainers, Amanda Devereux and Maria Pokluda are two incredibly successful and professional doulas in their own right. They were chosen by Donna Ryan to lead this program because not only are they good at what they do, they are respected in their community and have built careers out of doula work. They didn’t take a training to become a trainer. They were hand-picked because of their unique skill set. You will learn so much from them at training (and after) that you will treasure as you build your own business. Not only that, they treasure you. They are there for you, to answer your questions, provide support, and even be a shoulder to cry on, if that is what you need. You won’t realize how much this matters until you need it.
You have probably never heard of the term “relational support” and you wouldn’t be alone. This is something sadly unique to Birth Boot Camp DOULA but one of the most important parts of our training. In fact, this will help you in your doula business more than learning tricks or jam packing your doula bag with fancy comfort do-dads.
You are a passenger on the journey of pregnancy, labor, and birth with a woman and her family. Knowing how to support them on an emotional level is a gift you give to them, their birth, and yourself.
Birth Boot Camp DOULA is a new program right now, but it is not a recycled version of all the other existing doula programs out there. You would be surprised how many current and already certified doulas come train with us for this reason (and those listed above.) We provide something unique that you will get at no other training. You get it for one price, in one place, with a quickly growing group of amazing women who will mentor, support, and lift you up in the years ahead as you practice as a fabulous doula. Join us. You won’t regret it.