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Starting out as a Postpartum Doula/CBC only?

post #1 of 4
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Hi, everyone!  I'm planning on starting my training/certification with Childbirth International next month, and I have a question:

 

Is it feasible to start out my business as a postpartum doula and breastfeeding counselor ONLY?  As in, not training in or attending births at all?  I have a 3 month old baby, and although I have good and flexible childcare options, I would prefer not to leave her for extended periods of time due to breastfeeding and the like.  I originally considered just waiting until she was older, but I'd really like to start my business by the end of 2014.

 

I feel like I might be able to create a niche for myself with postpartum care - I'm very passionate and interested in breastfeeding, and I'm considering going the lactation consultant route later on (it's quite intensive to become an IBCLC, requires many courses that I don't have, etc).  So it's not really that I feel like I HAVE to go with postpartum due to my little one, but rather that I feel like it would be the ideal fit for me. 

 

Does postpartum only work?  Particularly if you also have a breastfeeding counselor certification?  

 

Thank you in advance!

post #2 of 4

Yes, I think you could definitely be a postpartum doula and not attend births.

post #3 of 4

i know a few women who are PP and breastfeeding only....labor doesnt appeal to everyone and i dont know HOW anyone deals with be 'on call' constantly!   Definitely start - you can always expand your business to include labor when its more feasible to be gone for hours on end!

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Thank you both!  I feel more encouraged.  :)  I think I will start out with just the plain old PP certification and then work on my breastfeeding counselor cert next year - that way I can get out of the gate faster and get some hands-on experience.

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