Never in a million years did I think that I would be a doula. After years of schooling and receiving an associates degree and bachelors degree I was supposed to find the career of my dreams, right? Truth be told, I wasn't even interested in my major anymore after graduation and after the birth of my daughter in December of 2015 I knew I really wanted to be more involved in supporting new moms.
The word doula was mentioned in a mom group I was in and from there I began researching. I knew of a birth doula, but I did not know that there was such a thing as a postpartum doula. With a new little girl of my own, I knew that this would fit my life perfectly as I would be able to make my own schedule and not have to be on call like a birth doula would be.
Once finding ProDoula, I knew that this was the training organization that I wanted to certify with. I was involved in some of their online facebook groups for awhile and after seeing how they valued this profession and were dedicated to helping you succeed and make a living wage from this work, I knew I was making the right decision. It was so amazing and for once I felt like I found something I wanted to make a career out of.
I decided to become a liason and bring a training to the Metro Detroit area. Julie was assigned to be the trainer. She was here just a few months earlier for the same training so she was familiar with the area. From day one she was great, we talked on the phone about the ways that I could get the word out about the training and it was very helpful. Throughout the next few weeks we stayed in touch, but ultimately we did need meet the capacity needed to bring the training here and it was cancelled. She told me about a training in Chicago and hoped I could make that one since she knew how badly I wanted to attend.
A few weeks later I packed up my family and we traveled 5 hours to Chicago so that I could attend a postpartum training. Julie was just as nice and beautiful in person as she was over the phone. She took her time talking with all of us and getting to know us all in the group. I felt confident in my trainer and with her having a successful business of her own, I knew that she was the real deal.
The training was amazing and things even got emotional as Julie shared some very REAL LIFE situations that we could possibly be faced with as postpartum doulas. Since the training I have reached out to Julie more than once and she has always been willing to talk and help in any way she can. If you feel like you are struggling with something you can reach out to your trainer and they can help and guide you in the right direction and that is what Julie as done for me on more than one occasion.
I am so happy with my choice of becoming a postpartum doula and even happier that I have such an amazing trainer to help me along the way.
- Amanda is a Pre-Certified Postpartum Doula and Postpartum Placenta Specialist who lives in the Metro Detroit area. Since her training she has created her own business amandakingppdoula.com and is also an IC for an agency doulasofmi.com