Originally Posted by rockportmidwife
Thanks for your help. I am still not sure about the meta tags thing, but I was able to get listed on the other websites. Hopefully that will help some. My biggest problem is that the midwife I trained under has been here a long time. Plus her website has been up long before many people were using the Internet. So anyone searching for a midwife is going to find her first. I am planning on going to the LLL meetings to get my name out there. I homeschool and she doesn't because her kids are grown, so hopefully I can get my name out there as well.
Also be...respectful. It can be frustrating for Leaders to have a new practitioner go from group to group and have the only reason they are there be that they are "unofficially" advertising their new business. We are technically only "allowed" to talk about things that are not breastfeeding when the meeting is closed.
For instance, a new childbirth educator came to town recently, and made the rounds of all the Groups in our area, including LLL groups, AP meetup groups, etc. It quickly became evident that the only reason she had come was to pass out her cards to the members, not to actually take part in the membership of the groups. It was a little disruptive, because she was talking about her class instead of the topic at hand, which was breastfeeding (in our case, I believe it was nutrition).
So...were you to go about it the wrong way, it might actually KEEP Leaders and members from
recommending you. I would instead probably network in other ways. I would (I know you ARE the Leader in this case, Reha, but for others) DEFINATELY get to know the local Leaders, as it can be extremely helpful to have them on speed dial when you have a client who has an issue. Having a midwife who looks to Leaders to help means to the Leaders that they have a midwife who supports breastfeeding...and if they are "unofficially" asked who they recommend, it might be more likely to be you.
Strroonnngggly suggesting to your clients that they attend the meetings (the midwife I precept with "requires" it as part of her contract) means that you will have your clients then attending the meetings and doing your advertising FOR you. Women talk about who their practitioner is when they come in pregnant and people get to talking. I have to say that, I don't mention in my meetings that I am a doula (again, it's considered "mixing causes" to get business because you're a Leader), however, my clients ALL go to meetings and inevitably my name is mentioned by THEM to other women in the group, especially AFTER the birth, as somebody they'd recommend. We have tea and snacks at the meetings, and when the meeting is closed, Mamas sit around and chat, and birth practitioners are OFTEN a topic of conversation. Having happy clients speak about you, I think, can be a huge boon. I know that you have to FIND clients first, so that they can start talking, but you get the point. And honestly, I would hope that you'll suggest they go because of the benefits to then of attending a meeting...but in the end, it won't hurt your business, either.