Today we got an interesting question that in many many years of doula training, I don’t think we’ve ever gotten before, and I thought it would be a fun blog topic! They asked, “I have three kids, what is doula training going to teach me that I didn’t learn from them?!”
While having three children is an extraordinary experience that provides deep personal insights into childbirth and parenting, doula training offers a complementary perspective that focuses on professional support and education for others during childbirth. Here’s a comparison that might help clarify the unique benefits of doula training:
Professional Techniques & Knowledge
Doula training educates individuals on a wide range of birthing techniques, medical information, and evidence-based practices that may not be covered in personal experience. It also includes how to provide continuous emotional support, physical comfort, physiology of childbirth, communication advocacy and so much more.
Understanding Different Perspectives
While personal experience is profound, it’s often unique to an individual’s circumstances. Doula training equips you with the knowledge to support various birthing choices, cultural backgrounds, and medical situations, allowing you to assist a diverse range of clients.
Emotional Support Skills
Doula training provides specific techniques for offering emotional support to both birthing persons and their families. It covers how to communicate effectively, manage stress, and create a positive birthing environment, which goes beyond personal experience.
Professional Ethics and Standards
Doulas are trained in professional conduct, confidentiality, and collaboration with medical professionals. These aspects ensure that support is given safely and responsibly.
Continuous Learning and Community
Doula training provides access to a community of professionals, ongoing learning opportunities, and often includes certification that signifies a commitment to a specific standard of care.
Ability to Support Others
While personal experience can be incredibly valuable in relating to others, doula training empowers you to support families outside of your personal experiences. This includes assisting in various birthing environments such as hospitals, birthing centers, or home births, and working with medical teams.
While personal experience with childbirth is irreplaceable and offers a deep understanding from a parent’s perspective, doula training is designed to equip individuals with the professional skills and knowledge to support others during this significant life event. It enables you to take your personal insights and apply them in a broader, more inclusive manner to assist various families in their unique childbirth journeys. Both personal experience and professional training are valuable, each in their unique way, and together they can make you an even more compassionate and skilled doula.