For the first time weather has forced me to cancel a labor doula training. Doulas go out in the snow, but with a forecasted New England blizzard on the way, it seemed like the only responsible action to take. It got me thinking about tongue and cheek conversations I have had with other doulas about how to hold a training that would best prepare doulas for a career of being on call:
1. Trainings would be held in all weather.
2. Trainings would be held at any time of the day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
3. Some trainings would be short, while others would go on much longer than average. There would be no way for students to accurately guess how long their particular training would be.
4. Sometimes I would text or email students hours before the training would start, to tell them that I had feeling it would be soon, and allow them to make last minute preparations or rest. Sometimes I would call them telling them they had to get to the training as quickly as possible. Occasionally I would let them know I thought it would start soon, but not actually start it for another week.
5. Occasionally we would assemble for a training, hold class for a few hours, and then it would peter out to begin again a few days or weeks later.
Who has other ideas for the new and improved doula training?
Julie Brill, CCCE, CLD is honored to have trained hundreds of CAPPA professionals over the past 10 years. To register for a labor doula training which will actually be held at times visit www.WellPregnancy.com.