If you are thinking of being a doula it’s important to make sure you choose a training that aligns well with your views and what kind of doula you want to be. It’s important to understand that there are no governing bodies that regulate doulas or doula training. Anyone can become a doula and anyone can become a trainer. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Good in that it values someone with hands-on, lived experience and doesn’t require them to have rigid formal training. And bad because it allows people with zero training at all to work with vulnerable populations. This of course doesn’t happen often but it is something you should be aware of.
Here are a few things you should consider when choosing a training.
1. What is the mission statement of the training agency?
This is important because you want to make sure you align with their beliefs and values. You want to make sure that you are not going to be butting heads over differences of opinion and fundamental beliefs.
2. Is the inclusion & diversity policy genuine or performative?
When looking at the mission statement and values of an agency, make sure you look into what they say about inclusion and diversity. This includes race, gender, and sexual orientation. If the agency says they support and uplift Black, Queer, Indigenous & LBGTQ+ voices but these people are not at all represented in their staff, course curriculum, or social media, chances are it's performative.
3. How do other people view this agency?
If you choose to certify with the agency you train with chances are you will be forever attached to their name. People will ask which agency you certified with and will have an idea of what they are about in general. Make sure the agency you choose is one you would like to be “connected” to for your doula career.