doula career

Doula Career and Employment

Description

Doulas provide physical and emotional support to families having babies. Women who receive doula care have better birth outcomes. Doulas are not midwives. They do not provide any medical care. The work of a doula is to attend births and help women cope using comfort strategies. Doulas also care for women after they have a baby and help with breastfeeding.

Job Title(s)

Doula, Birth Doula, Labor Doula, Labor Support, Postpartum Doula, Birth Coach, Labor Coach, Full Spectrum Doula, Loss Doula

You should consider Doula work

Doulas participate in a rite of passage for women — childbirth. They work intimately with families. Words can’t describe the awesomeness of the work a doula does. It is a perfect fit for someone who is passionate about women’s healthcare and enjoys working with people. Successful doulas will have great communication skills, be quick thinking, be willing to learn business management, and have excellent problem solving capabilities.

Career Transition

The Doula profession is a perfect career path to transition to from being a nanny, home health aid, daycare worker, medical assistant, au pair, nurse, nursing assistant, substitute teacher, tutor, and other vocations. It works great for those seeking part-time, seasonal, or temporary work. The Doula profession is a great fit for those seeking a career that would allow them to earn a living wage, and also stay at home with their children, or homeschool their children while working.

Doula work is flexible, although the hours are often on-call, you can set your own schedule and work independently. Doulas are also employed in hospitals.

Quick Facts

Median pay starts at $20 per hour.

Doulas work as contractors, employees, or business owners. Doulas are paid a set fee per birth or hourly.

A full time doula attending 3-5 births per month can earn from $2000 to $6000 per month in the United States depending upon the city. Doula charges usually start at $500 per birth.

Employment Outlook

Overall employment of certified doulas is expected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Education and Training

High School diploma/GED

Doula Certification required

College credits/degree preferred

CPR Certification preferred

Learn More

Birth Doula and Postpartum Certification

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