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can anyone be a doula or do you have to have a licence?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:26 AM on Jan. 17, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • Anyone can provide emotional support to a laboring woman (AKA birth doula).     Moms, grammas, husbands, brothers, BFFs...
    To be a professional doula, a woman might like to be certified, but it's not required.    How successful this doula becomes may/may not have to do with her certification, accreditation, professionalism...
    There are different paths.  :-)

    What sounds good for you?


    Answer by doulala at 12:43 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

  • It depends on where you live & what your hospital's policies are. Here in CO (or at least in Western CO) a doula has to be licensed in order to be able to communicate her patient's needs/wishes to the staff (doctors, nurses, etc;); and I also think the license is for safety reasons/liaility & legal issues.

    Answer by oahoah at 12:55 AM on Jan. 17, 2010

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