Maybe calling my home birth doula “free” isn’t the most endearing or respectful of terms because an official title would be doula-in-training. After almost giving up on the search for a doula to attend my home birth, I thought it just wasn’t meant to be. The first doula we interviewed was great, had a ton of experience, and was willing to barter the home birth experience for her certified services. It turns out that she had been hired immediately after my interview and I don’t blame her for taking the paid job. My only other hope was a second interview with a
free doula-in-training. If this didn’t pan out, I was going to be doula-less and that could be a problem for my home birth.
A doula-in-training means they are seeking certification and usually have reduced or free rates much lower than experienced, certified doulas. In many forms, doulas-in-training seek experience rather than income, if they can manage it with their professional and personal circumstances. For many, a “free doula” may not be for them. For me? Free is for me.
If saving me hundreds of dollars wasnt enough, there are other perks of hiring this doula. Biggest perk being she attended a placenta encapsulation class and my beloved placenta will be her first client. Again, FREE. All I have to do is buy capsules and hope a one-day class is enough to learn all about encapsulation.
Did you eat your placenta?
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