Being a young & childless doula

Being a young & childless doula

8 Apr 2021

Yes. I am a fully certified birth & postnatal doula. Yes, I have completed not one but two birth doula training courses. Yes. I am twenty-four. No. I don’t have kids. No. I am not married. Yes. I can support you, just as fully as someone who is in their 50’s could.

My experience of being a young doula without children has been challenging and I have come up against a lot of assumption and criticism due to my age and my ability to support because I haven’t given birth. I’m seen as an unreliable, unprofessional millennial and couldn’t possibly understand or obtain the knowledge needed for this work because I haven’t birthed myself.

What I find interesting is nobody challenges or finds it strange when a midwife doesn’t have children, so why a doula?