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Career Options for Someone Interested in Natural Childbirth?

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I am a SAHM right now, but will be going back to work when my little one starts kindergarten (in 3 more years).

His birth changed my life--it was fantastic. I am passionate about natural childbirth, as well as breastfeeding, and want to incorporate it into a career.

I do not know if I am cut out to be a midwife or doula--it is more the uncertainty of the work hours that scares me off than anything else.

What else can I do? I want to get started doing SOMETHING now, to prepare me--be it taking classes, reading, or volunteering, maybe working part-time or from home for now.

Can anyone help me brainstorm some options?

For what its worth, I have a BA in English, have worked at editing, writing newsletters, and have also been the director of a non-profit meals-on-wheels organization.

Thanks in advance.
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Oh--how exciting--that was my 800th post!
post #3 of 8
What about teaching natural childbirth classes? or Infant Massage? Infant and child CPR? or some combination of?

Could create parenting workshops
write articles for parenting mags--local or national

These come to mind immediately...will try to think of some more.

I am certified to teach infant massage--i LOVE teaching, but have not found it to be very financially rewarding. Would think childbirth classes would be more so...but would take you a couple of years to build a reputation.

Hope this helps.
post #4 of 8

i'm in the same boat!

I also want to be more involved and help more women. I am going to receive my BA in English. So I am going to take bradley method teacher course so I can be a child birthing educator. I was also thinking about being a lactation educator. I can't remember what site I was on but there are conventions and such that teach that sort of thing. I don't think I am really cut out for the math to be a nurse either but I do think can take a 12 week course and be able to educate. Maybe you could look into those sorts of things
post #5 of 8
Check out the book I just found in my local library:

Childbirth Instructor Magazine's Guide to Careers in Birth: How to Have a Fulfilling Job in Pregnancy, Labor, and Parenting Support without a Medical Degree

I'm interested in the same thing. I don't want to be a Doula or Midwife... I just want to help pg women... my dream is to open * a place * for them to take classes (or every stripe) for them to bond, etc...

I'm working on my business plan... I just write down ideas of what my I want place to offer women (my own brainstorming)... I'm a few years away from this.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Wow--who would have thought such a book existed I'm going to see if my library has it, as well.



Nope, they don't have it in any library, county-wide.

If you don't mind, can you let me know if you feel the book is worth buying from Amazon? Thanks.
post #7 of 8
QueetheBean - I haven't read it yet, just skimmed. It's rather "dry."

I don't know if I'd be happy paying full price for it... but have you tried www.half.com ? (I get all my books used and new books really cheap!)

There are a few copies there. Buy the cheapest one.
post #8 of 8
Slightly OT

I am very passionate about breastfeeding. I had some troubles w/ my first DS and would not have been successful w/o a mentor and LLL. Where could I find info taking classes to become a breastfeeding educator?
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