What is the scope of a doula? - Ring of Fire Season 2 Episode 4

“What is the scope of a doula?”

Ring of Fire Season 2 Episode 4!

We talk about what we thought our scopes would be when we first started birthwork versus what we believe they are now!

Digressions include: Talking trash about large doula organizations, and jokes about MLMS

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1:00 Intro the topic “What’s the scope of a doula?”

2:15 Doula work is born out of ancestral knowledge

3:30 VBAC Wizard training! And we’re currently offering advertising space, email us for inquiries!

8:00 What did we think the scope of a doula was when we first started in this work

10:00 Alex talks about training to be a doula with a birth center rather than a large organization

18:47 Alex talks about the warring information provided in doula trainings

25:00 Why is blame placed upon the birther rather than the system causing harm?

26:27 Why are clients hiring doulas?

29:00 What if you hire a doula who isn’t going to support you

30:00 Emmy is hopeful that as time goes on more and more doulas will begin to advocate for their clients

34:24 Emmy talks about how doulas are not medical providers, yet she sees medical advice being shared by doulas

42:00 Clients hire doulas for different reasons

48:00 Emmy talks about how doulas who being outside of advocacy often end up never pursuing it

49:30 Even with best case outcomes you can be traumatized from witnessing births

54:00 Birthing Advocacy is one of our favorite training organizations, and who you pick to train from is important

58:00 We need to be conscious of the people we are paying to become doulas