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Postpartum doulas - how do you meet your body's need for sleep?

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Seriously considering ppd certification and also CLC. I know I would be looking at an average of 3 overnights a week, and that is only for part time (more if I need to work more hours). Shifts are 10pm to 6 am. From 10-12 its busy time, then after that its trying to rest/sleep while baby(ies) are sleeping.

Right now my kids are 7yo and 2.5yo. We no longer have daycare for the toddler, my mom does watch them up to a couple days a week when I work at my current part time job. I think I can convince her I would still need that for when I would work overnights. So she would come in the next morning and take the kids so i can sleep. On average my youngest wakes up 1-2x a night. I think she would get used to me not being There at night, as she got used to me not being there quickly when I started my current job that runs until 10pm a couple nights a week, so DH had to start doing bedtime.

The ppd I talked to about this said she would go home after a night shift and sleep until lunchtime.

I do seem to need my sleep, I have many times since the youngest was born, gotten up in the middle of the night to do stuff around the house though. Not lately though and I feel dead tired when DD wakes me up. If I do too many nights in a row I get too tired but am able to make up the sleep when I can on a future night.

Just looking for others experience. I want to make sure I can do this before I spend the $ on certification and eventually quit my current job to do ppd exclusively (like my job a lot, but not my career goal and its part time low wage).


Thanks!
post #2 of 6

Bumping for input. Anyone with advice to share?

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you! Actually I just decided the other day not to pursue this, which makes me sad but logistically its just not going to work right now, with the hours and the pay isn't that great.
post #4 of 6
Well, for anyone else wondering the same thing, I am a certified PPD, but I don't do overnights. I assume this shift was a condition of the job you were considering? Some post partum doulas in our area do overnights, but others do not.
post #5 of 6
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Yes, the night shifts are 80% of the hours. I talked to my IBCLC mentor about it and she said the pay was not very good either for what is required. I understand I could go out on my own and not work for a company, but my main goal was IBCLC but that has been proven impossible to do where I live greensad.gif
post #6 of 6

I'm sorry this didn't work out for you.  Though, if it is an interest, like you mentioned, you could just be in business for yourself and set what hours you feel comfortable with.  I have various hour packages, with the minimum being a 5 hour package.  But the hours do not need to be taken all together.  Night nannies, where it's overnight, are different than postpartum doulas, in my opinion.  But the hourly wages in this area for a PP Doula are around $25/hour.  Night shirt is $5 more an hour.
 

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