If you are interested in becoming a doula, one question you should ask yourself is: do you and your partner want a doula for your own births? I have known women who became birth doulas and then became pregnant. Those pregnant doulas who didn’t want a doula to attend their births quit after a short time.
Why? If you aren’t convinced of the worth of a doula attending your own birth, you aren’t passionate enough about doulas to sustain your practice. Or, if your partner doesn’t want you to have a doula, he won’t be able to support your practice strongly enough for you to continue. Either way, if you don’t wish to have a doula at your own birth, how do you recommend yourself as a doula to other moms?