...or Childbirth Educators, or Homebirthing mamas, or any one else who needs child care, short-notice.
I'm wondering if you ladies could give me a little guidance. I'm moving back into the area in May. I'm a Maryland native who has been living in Manhattan as a nanny for the past 18 months; I've been a nanny for 7+ years. I also took an amazing DONA Birth Doula workshop with the one-of-a-kind Debra Pascali-Bonaro (the author of "Orgasmic Birth").
I'm wondering what to focus on when I come home. My first doula client is due on April 27th (in Baltimore...she's my best friend :-D), and I'd love to do some more birth doula work. However, my bread and butter has always been childcare. I'm really good at what I do, and I love it. But scheduled, day-time nanny work is NOT compatible with doula work. What if I needed to leave in the middle of a shift to attend a birth?!?
I was thinking that maybe I could combine the two. In other words, being a childcare provider FOR doulas in the area, but only on-call when I wasn't at a birth (which would really only be 24-48 hours per month if I did 1-2 births).
Think about about it this way. Need someone to watch your kids before your husband gets home from work because you need to leave for a birth at 2pm? I'm available to hang out and help with homework. Need to leave in the middle of the night to get to the hospital? I can help get your kids ready for school early in the morning. I'm comfortable watching several kids of different ages at the same time, and really want to create a cohesive community to allow doulas to do what they do best. It would be an as-needed (much like "drop-in") basis, and I think it could be a pretty creative solution to a very real problem.
I'm also very in-tune with the community. I'm a truly AP nanny, which I think is a real rarity. I also educating myself on Montessori Infant education, and practicing natural family living within my own home.
What do you think would be the market for something like this in the area? Is it workable? I know doulas in NYC have a huge issue with childcare, and I've been happy to provide service to this community (I've acted as a nanny for two birth doulas jsut starting their career here).
Let me know what you think!!