Burnout and Compassion Fatigue among Birth and Postpartum Doulas

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Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations


Department of Educational Administration


Ricardo Garcia


As the demand for doula care increases on an international level, doulas are reporting significant burnout and compassion fatigue. This affects doulas’ abilities to provide care, negatively impacts their quality of life, and can even be career-ending. A phenomenological interview approach sought to create deep understanding and meaningful insight into the doulas’ personal and professional lives. The interviews indicated the need for systemic overhaul so that doulas can create sustainable and financially stable careers in the field. The results showed that there are various stakeholders charged with improving the profession. These findings helped to shape a multi-layered action plan that provided guidelines and suggestions for internal and external supports and resources for doulas.


doulas, doula, birth doula, postpartum doula, birth, postpartum, burnout, compassion fatigue, quality of life, career sustainability, theory of caring

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