My name is Jenn Goodwin and I am the President of The Calgary Doula Association. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the CDA! Our membership is a collective of birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and other professionals working in the realm of family support during the childbearing years. We welcome members from all across Alberta, as well as members who live in other places across Canada. I hope you will find much value in being a member of our association. Community is so important in this wonderful world of doula work and we are happy to have you as part of our community and continue on this journey together.

Membership within the CDA has many benefits, and as a member you have the opportunity to participate in our exclusive offers. We gather from September to May every second Wednesday of the month for a general membership meeting; this is great way to participate in the Calgary doula culture. We often host a guest speaker(s) in the birth community who can bring another resource and perspective to your practice. Ultimately, the Association is a way to network with other doulas, and to find guidance through our collective experience and knowledge. Our membership is made up of passionate and highly trained doulas that want to share success and create awareness for the wonderful work we do.

As a member, you can request to be added to our Facebook group; which serves as an online support tool and a safe and secure place to share our experiences and connect with fellow doulas. This is a private group and exclusive only to members of the CDA.

Another main benefit of joining the CDA is access to many discounted training opportunities throughout the year. Some examples of sessions we have hosted in the past are; Social Media Workshop for Small Businesses and When Survivors Give Birth. Some of our trainings qualify for continuing education hours for those working towards recertification. Training is a great way to add more skills to your toolbox and further strengthen your doula career.

For our doulas that have been trained by DONA International and CAPPA, the largest doula organizations in the world, we offer more exclusive benefits;

  1. Access to our Referral Line is a main benefit for increasing your opportunity to meet with families looking for support. The Referral Line is divided into Certified and Non-Certified doulas in both Birth and Postpartum support, ensuring that client needs are appropriately matched the doulas that are being referred. In addition, if you are a Certified Doula through DONA International or CAPPA, your profile will be featured on our website.

                  Note: According to our Bylaws, you must attend at least 2 of our monthly meetings to participate in the Referral Line.

  1. Becoming a “BLUE SHIRT” DOULA. The CDA offers a signature BLUE SHIRT for purchase with our CDA logo on the back and CDA Doula on the front that can be personalized with your name and credentials. These shirts easily and quickly label our doulas as trained professionals whenever we support clients in Calgary or the surrounding areas. We will subsidize $10 towards the cost of your first BLUE shirt.

  2. “Meet Your Doula” is an event we host multiple times a year where doulas get to meet with multiple expectant parents in a face-to-face setting for a short amount of time. It can be described as “Doula Speed Dating” This is an excellent way to sharpen your interviewing skills and increase your business.

As our association keeps growing and evolving, so will the benefits of joining the CDA. We see the CDA as a way to build community and raise awareness about our work.  We try to reach as many families as possible by attending trade shows, advertising online, and through publications such as Birthing Magazine. As a member of the CDA, you are now part of this reach to new families in our area. It is our hope that together we can grow and continue to support one another as well as spread awareness about the benefits of doula support to our local community..

If you would like more information about your membership, you can contact our Membership Director Jen Hoch at Membership@calgarydoulas.ca

Welcome to the wonderful world of doula work and to the CDA community! I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Please reach out to me at anytime. I am happy to listen to concerns and offer any support I can to help you along your way.

Jenn Goodwin CD(DONA), CLE, LCCE