Updated: Jan 29, 2020
I've always been an educator, but not your typical "sit and get" teacher. Before becoming a doula I was a Montessori teacher/guide, which is a method focused on the individual providing the greatest learning for themselves, with guidance from educators. It's a background that has shaped my work as a doula into parent and child-led individualized support. Every member of the family is in a transitional phase, and it's a lot to work through. Luckily, having support, community, and information can help.
This was one of my most prominent reasons for starting a Doula Mentorship Program, too. Establishing your practice as a doula is also a raw transitional phase, and I've seen many new doulas flounder without support and community. I also wanted to make mentorship accessible, and so I knew it was going to be crucial to offer options for sliding scale, payment plans, and barter. I also included my Hypnobirthing class in the mentorship program since most doula certifying organizations require attending a childbirth education series. This Doula Mentorship Program is designed to provide scaffolding for doulas fresh out of training who are not sure what steps to take next, but know they are ready to dive into birth work.