First off I want to explain my town's situation. I live in an isolated mountain community. There are 2 towns that women have to go to give birth. The first one is about a 90 minute drive (in good road conditions). The hospital is smaller and older. The other is a small city about 2 hours away. It have a bigger newer hospital with more doctors and specialists. We have a hospital here but they wont deliver babies because there is no anesthesiologist. They will only deliver if its an absolute emergency. Women here tend to have inductions or c-sections because they are terrified of giving birht on the side of the highway, or going into labor during a blizzard.
My friend and I are crazy about natural living and breastfeeding. I am even this towns first LLL leader. We were chatting today and we thought it would be great if this town had some doulas. I think it would give women the confidence needed to wait until their baby is ready. We are looking into taking a DONA course and becoming doulas. We would take clients and watch each others child if the other was out of town. Also take over for each other in case of emergency. We would do monthly meetings with the mothers, to build a relationship and provide information about childbirth as well. We havent got it all worked out yet. I am wondering if this would work in this town. Also I was wondering about legal issues. Like what if a mother did have to deliver on the side of the road? I could I protect myself legally. Any advice or input is appreciated.