What is ProDoula?
If you were to spend a day with me in person you will know that there is one word that comes out my mouth a lot.
ProDoula is the Leading Edge Certification Organization for Birth Workers. Which pretty much means in simpler terms that ProDoula is the organization I trained with to become a birth doula. Also ProDoula is the only doula organization that provides 17 Continuing Education Hours for Nursing.
I originally was being trained as a doula through another organization that was recommended to be by a dear friend of mines.
One day I was doing a random Google search on my phone when I seen article that said something like meet the multimillionaire doula. Of course that got my attention so I clicked on the article and I read about how this doula who refers to herself as The Rock & Roll Doula named Randy Patterson. It discussed how she was homeless before and how she worked hard to get where she at today. I was homeless before myself so just knowing that there was some One in my shoes before and now she not gave me so much hope.
I decided to join Facebook group - The Business of being a Doula to gain some business tips of course and unknowingly I came to find out that it was Randy group.
She would go live every Monday morning in that group talking about topics like welcome packets and you can hear her passion as she talk. You can tell that she wants to see us doulas succeed. It was so cool to see someone so fired up on a Monday morning pushing and encouraging us doulas to be professional business owners.
Over time I got to read some really hot topic post in that group and read comments from doulas who was ProDoula trained and they also was passionate,driven,confident,and is running successful doula business.
I knew if they could I could. And the only way I could be as cool as them was to be ProDoula Trained.
So on November 28-29 of 2018 I took a 5 hour road trip to Las Vegas Nevada to attend my very first ProDoula Training.
And can you guess who was the instructor?
None other than Randy Patterson herself the CEO of ProDoula.
I can still remember giving her the biggest hug. I couldn't believe that I was actually there.
I also got to finally meet another doula who is more like a sister to me; Aisha Fanning the owner of Vegas Family Doulas. This sweet woman hosted the training in her office space. Thank you Aisha!
Training Day 1
It wasn't the typical death by PowerPoint type of training. We all sat around and introduced ourselves and shared how we came to know about ProDoula and why we chosen to be a doula. Randy set the tone in that room that we can truly be ourselves and be free. We opened our hearts and let out our guts on that table. I learned what it really meant to provide non biased judgement free support to our clients. It wasn't easy talking about certain subjects that we may have felt so strongly about but it was definitely necessary. I loved how Randy pushed us to see Childbirth from a different perspective than our own. I don't think not one person went that day without shedding a tear.
Day 2 of training
It was really cool because it was hands on part. Wear comfortable yoga pants and gym shoes type of day. I was taught how to provide physical support for every type of birth. I learned the importance of touch during labor and how music sets a tone in the birth space. I was trained to not come into the birth room with my own agenda of how a woman is suppose to give birth. I was trained to not come into a woman birth space with a mentality that she needs to be saved or that I have the capability to save her. I was trained that medical providers are people too with hearts. Don't be afraid to build a professional relationship with them.
I was trained to be the best doula in my area. To respect the profession as a doula. To run my business like a business and be professional.
I left that training feeling empowered that I can support women and I am capable.
I left that training feeling more confident than when I first walked in.
I left that training ready to accept clients.
Yes, I was sad that it was my last day and I wouldn't be able to laugh,cry and learn with these woman again. But, I also felt a sense of comfort because I knew that I still had ProDoula. I knew I can call on any of the other amazing ProDoula Doulas for help.
It so great knowing that ProDoula isn't the type of organization that would take my money, train me only to support one type of birth and than that's it.
I can boldly say that I am a trained professional doula who is confident and capable of supporting all families in whatever kind of birth they desire. I can only give credit to ProDoula for that!
I am a ProDoula Doula and I'm Proud.
If you would like to become a doula and want to be trained and certified by ProDoula click on the link below and you can attend a training in your area and if there's none your more than welcome to bring a training to you.
Alpha & Omega Doula