As I finished up a postpartum this morning and headed out the door to another continuing education workshop, my client said "Wow, you go go to a lot of those." I agreed.
And I thought about it...
And I responded "Not all doulas do."
This is my career. I take pride in what I do and and take every opportunity to learn and grow. I LOVE going to workshops, conferences, classes and events. I LOVE being a current point of reference for my clients. I have years of education and training that allows me to make a profession out of being a doula. It's much more than a hobby for me. I am committed to putting out the highest quality service with confidence.
Part of my fee goes directly to developing my skill-set and furthering my education...and a ton to running my business, that is VERY important to me.... which makes each and every one of my client's satisfaction vital.
Unlike medical personnel, doulas don't have any licensing, no requirements for using the title they do. We live in a world where there is zero regulation or accountability for doulas. There are "doulas" who simply wake up one day and call themselves doulas. There are several dozen certifying organizations that may not even require an in-person workshop or require a single birth before issuing a certification. Sometimes it's a matter of answering some questions online. I can't tell you how many free or 'low cost' doulas I have seen let their clients down. I've been doing this for over 14 years.
When you hire me as your doula, you gain my expertise, my education, my training... You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this care customized for you. Hiring a professional doula saves you needless worry and allows you to put your mind at ease. Your satisfaction is my absolute goal!!
Abbey is a birth and postpartum doula and placenta specialist in Dallas/Fort Worth and a mom to 4 children between the ages of 26 and 13.