Intro, LONGWow, i just read through almost all the post on this thread and have decided to introduce myself.
I have thought about the idea of becoming a doula ever since I heard about them and knew what it was. hmmm, years ago, dont know exactly when. It has jsut been the last 6 months or so that I have thought about it as a reality. I am one of those who always thinks " that would be nice, but I could never do that" simply because I dont know where to start.
SOOOO, I dont know where to start! I live in a real small town and work part time at a local post office. As good as a job with the Postal service is, it really is not very rewarding to mail peoples packages.
I see most people here are midwives, or going to be, ect. I would LOVE to go on to be a CNM, BUT that requires becoming a nurse and I dont know if i could do that. I dont want to be a nurse in any other way, or start as a nurses assistant, or anything like that as I am not interested in other types of medical work at all. The problem is that as crunchy as I am now, I still am terrified of homebirth. Birth center setup is OK, with a fast plan to the hospital. (I am NOT criticizing anyone who does or is involved in homebirth in any way!!) so that throws out any other type of midwifery.
My long term dream has been to become an ultrasound tech. I am very mathamatical and have a science centered mind. Just can help it. I have all the same crunchy feelings that most of you do I'm sure when it comes to having babies(pg and birth are normal, natural, and in most cases need no intervention at all), but I am sooo fascinated with what ultrasound can do. I could go on forever. anyways, I guess that makes my actual dream this. I would like to work as an ultrasound tech for a day job and doula on the side.
School is out of the question right now but I would really like to begin the journey to becoming a doula. My youngest is 2 now so I feel the kids are old enough for me to do this. WE just found out a cousin and good friend of mine is pg and she really wants me to act as doula for her labor and delivery so I am shopping for books right now so I can begin reading and studying up!
Where do I start. This is such a small town. there is one doula in town that I know of so I know there isnt much a possible client population out there. And I am sure no one would want me to shadow them and learn so that I can just go on to take clients that could have been more for her. KWIM?