What is it like to work as a doula?
Trainer Trena Slaunwhite gets asked this question all the time, but it’s a tough question for us to answer!
Like any career, working as a doula has a lot of ups and downs. Here are some of the things you might want to consider as you’re deciding if this is the right path for you:
- Do you love to support women and families in their OWN choices and decisions?
- How much money do you want/need to make from being a doula?
- Can you handle working on-call?
- Do you work well with others and can you see yourself working alongside a variety of other medical professionals?
- What is your motivation for wanting to become a doula?
- What are your long-term plans in the field?
Working as a doula can be the most amazing experience and is such an honour to be a part of. If you are thinking this is the right path for you then we encourage you to come to our workshop. If you feel passionate about helping women and families then this could be your next dream job!
Considering becoming a midwife?
Many people become doulas to get a taste of the birthing field before committing to becoming a midwife or applying into the midwife program. It’s also a great way to boost your resume if you’re sure you’re going to be applying to a midwifery school.
What job opportunities are there after I complete my certification?
This varies in each area, but there are generally three main ways to work as a doula:
1. Work on your own by running your own private practice
2. Join a team of doulas who work together to support one another with marketing and advertising
3. Work for an agency that takes a commission on any work you do, but frees you up from having to do any marketing
How much money can I make working as a doula?
Like anything in life, the amount of effort you put out is the amount of benefit you’ll get in return. We’ve seen doulas make anywhere from $0 (those who want only to work as volunteers) to $80,000 a year
"I recently completed the DONA birth doula training with Stephanie Antunes at Toronto Yoga Mamas. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of education I received from the training. Stephanie is extremely knowledgeable and capable at relaying her wealth of information with her students. The course is condensed with valuable information for anyone who is interested in the miracle of childbirth. I feel confident and inspired to continue my path of supporting women through their birth journeys!"
- Sacha Bryce, Doula and Yoga Instructor
"A few years ago I felt a calling to support women and families in birth. I was lucky enough to attend a rare and wonderful joint training with Stefanie Antunes and Mélissa Cowl. The confidence and energy I took away from that workshop has enabled me to start my own business and successfully support my family doing something I love. It has been one of the greatest challenges I have ever faced, but Stef has made it much easier. Stefanie is such a wealth of knowledge and insight. She has been an amazing support through my journey and is always available for advice or questions. Stefanie embodies the spirit, love and soul of an doula along with the dedication and business savvy of a leading entrepreneur. I highly recommend Stefanie's training if you are considering joining the doula family."
- Allison Heaney CD(DONA), HBCE ~Origin Wellspring Doula Care~
I took my training with Stefanie in 2011 and since then have welcomed 20+ babies into this world :) I love being a doula and Stefanie's training workshop set me out on the path that I'm on now. When I did my training I decided to attend Stefanie's particular workshop because of the doula business she had built for herself at Discover Birth. I had the choice of attending workshops led by other trainers that were much closer to me... but I was embarking on a new career path and wanted to learn from someone who had experience creating a successful livliehood out of something so special. I am very happy I made that choice, and I am ecstatic that Stefanie will be offering her training workshops in Toronto with our studio creating opportunities for other women looking to embark on new paths."
- Jamie, Founder of Toronto Yoga Mamas