Frequently Asked Questions
Doula Care FAQs
What is a birth doula?
A birth doula is a person trained and experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.
How does a doula impact the birth experience?
Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula's presence at birth:
Why hire a DONA doula?
DONA International Birth Doulas mother the mother. DONA International doulas are educated and experienced in childbirth and the postpartum period. They are prepared to provide physical, emotional, and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. They offer a loving touch, positioning, and comfort measures that make childbearing women and their families feel nurtured and cared for.
How do doulas practice?
Doulas are privately hired directly by families, are hospital or clinic employees, and are volunteers in community organizations.
Are you accepting private doula clients?
No, Katie is focused on training the next generation of doulas!
How do I qualify for a doula care scholarship?
It is the policy of Katie Daily Doula Workshops to make doula services, accessible and affordable to community members. Doula care scholarships are based on financial need. Please request a scholarship application from firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered. Katie offers both partial and full scholarships. Priority is given to staff, families, and volunteers associated with the Family Health and Birth Center, and Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc. If Katie is unable to provide services, she will recommend seeking out a student doula.
Katie will assess financial need based on the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Poverty Guidelines. These are the same income guidelines used by local community health centers to provide health services to the uninsured, or underinsured families.
Can you recommend a student doula?
Student doulas are a great resource for expecting families. They offer free or low-cost services during their training period. The Birth Options Alliance posts an up-to-date list of free or low-cost doulas who practice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Many student doulas chose to be a part of this list.
How do I become a certified doula?
Visit the DONA International Birth Doula Certification Page for more information.
Why chose DONA International for training?
DONA International is the largest doula association in the world, with over 7000 birth and postpartum doula members in over 50 countries. Since 1994, DONA International has certified over 8,500 doulas. DONA provides quality training and a comprehensive certification pathway that sets the bar for doula education. It indicates to families that a doula has achieved a high level of training and professionalism. Once certified, DONA will advertise your doula services for free on their main website.
How long is the training?
The new expanded workshop will last four days, from 9:00am - 6:00pm each day. It includes the Introduction to Childbirth Education, Birth Doula Workshop, and Breastfeeding for Doulas. Participants are expected to attend the entire four day training. If you are unable to attend the entire four days, please contact Katie directly. She may be able to have you attend an alternate training day.
What are your credentials as a trainer?
DONA International Approved Birth Doula Trainer
DONA International Certified Birth Doula
ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator
BLS for Healthcare Providers
Registered Nurse, District of Columbia
Certified Nurse Midwife
How do I qualify for a workshop scholarship?
It is the policy of Katie Daily Doula Workshops to make doula training accessible and affordable to community members. For every three workshop students who pay in full, one student will be offered a scholarship. Workshop scholarships are offered based on financial need, and a demonstrated commitment to community service. Please request a scholarship application from email@example.com to be considered. Katie offers both partial and full scholarships. Priority is given to staff, families, and volunteers associated with the Family Health and Birth Center, and Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
Katie will assess financial need based on the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Health and Human Services 2013 Poverty Guidelines. These are the same income guidelines used by local community health centers to provide health services to the uninsured, or underinsured families.
What is your refund policy?
Cancellations made at least two weeks prior to the start of the workshop will be granted a full refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations made within two weeks of the workshop are not eligible for a refund. In cases of family emergencies and/or sudden illness, attendees may be able to transfer credit to a later workshop date, plus a $50 administrative fee. These transfers are subject to space availability and will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
"Participants were able to learn spontaneously and share knowledge and experience to enhance everyones' training." Tina