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#1 of 8 Old 09-25-2007, 12:56 AM - Thread Starter
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I am training to be a doula and am finding it just about impossible to find childcare for my two boys, ages 2 and 5. I had thought that for now and the next few years I would just do one birth a month, but even that infrequently I am finding no luck with anyone willing to do childcare on an occasional, last-minute basis. My mother had offered to help out, but she is just not up to the reality of "I have to leave right now, and I don't know when I'm going to be back!"

My husband works during the week from 8:00 - 6:00, and is wonderful about watching the boys when he's home -- I just need to find someone who could watch them during the day if I were gone.

I'd thought I could line up a number of sitters with different schedules, or persuade someone doing in-home daycare to take my boys occasionally, or maybe find an actual daycare center that would take them as "drop-ins." No luck so far.

Has anyone else done this successfully? Thanks!
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Maybe try an ad in the paper?
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In our area, we have a huge Mennonite population. I've had lots of girls watch my kids and they're much better, in my experience, doing something like that as opposed to an everyday thing.

I have no idea where you live or if you have anything like that near you, but getting the word out that you're looking for something like that could help. And ad in the paper would probably be a great start.
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We have a university here in town whose career center actually signs up students who want to do on-call/temporary type of jobs, including childcare. You just register on their website and they send you a list of people, including names, phone numbers, and a summary of their experience. I have a couple of friends who have had really good luck with this service. If there are any colleges/universities in your area, you might check them out for something similar.

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I wonder if you could trade childcare with another Doula/midwife who would understand where you are coming from. College students are a good idea but they are usually not available during finals weeks and they tend to move away after a couple yrs.
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that's what grandmothers and great grandmothers and grandfathers and aunts are for !

my ds is playing "hooky" from preschool today and harvesting w/ his greatgrandmother in her garden today.
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I don't know, but it seems to me you should be able to find another mom who will care for your kids during the days. Anyway, in a worst case scenario, your dh will pick them up at 18:00. Do you know any stay at home moms around where you live? You could trade, so you watch her kids some other time?
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Many cities/towns have emergency daycare options. I know that mine does. Basically, it is a daycare facility that will take your child on a last minute basis. It costs an arm and a leg, and a big downside is most of them are geared for the kids who are too sick to attend their normal daycare, but for one reason or another the parents must be at work.
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