DAMA’s focus is on supporting our member doulas and their individual practices. We provide a safe, compassionate environment for professional doulas to learn, share, and grow. Doulas considering joining DAMA are invited to our regular gatherings to meet our members and learn more about the group.
Our doula members receive a wealth of benefits from the organization including:
- Listing in our on-line Find a Doula directory – our website comes up first in many searches for Asheville doulas
- Potential client referrals from fellow members and inquiries to our email or voicemail
- Marketing opportunities for your practice such as presentations or tabling at community events often at no cost to you
- DAMA rack cards and business cards distributed by all members
- Connection to a network of doulas for back-up services, support and resources
- Small stipend for providing services to families in need (when funds allow)
- Leadership experience through DAMA committees and officer roles
- Recognition as a professional doula in the community
DAMA welcomes both newly trained and experienced doulas providing birth and/or postpartum support. Not yet a doula? Check out Become a Doula for information on what’s involved. When accepting new members, we look at the applicant’s professional training or certification and her overall fit with the mission and purpose of the organization.
Upon acceptance as a DAMA member, there are two different dues options you may choose from: Option #1) $45 with a minimum of 15 volunteer hours per year, OR Option #2) $75 with no volunteer obligation. All dues are prorated based on when you join DAMA.
We accept doulas trained or certified by a number of organizations including DONA, CAPPA, ICEA, and toLabor(formerly ALACE). Other training organizations are also accepted with evidence of the following:
- Training session(s) total at least 12 hours
- Trainers are certified or licensed by the organization
- Organization offers certification in addition to training
- Certification requires additional steps beyond attending the training
- Certification requirements include at least – auditing of a childbirth education series (minimum of 6 hours), readings, providing support to at least two families, two evaluations of the doula by client families and medical providers, a written essay by the doula
- Organization offers re-certification
- Re-certification requirements include continuing education and providing services to clients
Applicants should either be currently certified or actively pursuing certification in at least one area of doula expertise (birth or postpartum). All members agree to honor our DAMA Member Agreement.
Ready to join a great group of women, passionate about birth and families?
Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Emily Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org