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#1 of 5 Old 12-26-2009, 05:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is it possible to pay the bills as a childbirth educator? .

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Is it possible to pay the bills as a childbirth educator? .
I think that depends on how many bills you need to pay For me - my income is just extra income and there is no way what I make could sustain me. This year as an educator I made a little over $4000.

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Depends on where you live, the need for childbirth educators, and what you can charge per couple. In my area, there is a need, and a large population of people who are looking for classes. In the last three years I have typically run two series a month, with three or four couples per series. Saying it's just three couples per series, that's $1800 per month. Can you make a living on that where you are? In the last year, I have actually averaged more like $2400 a month. That, without our mortgage, let us scrape by. Of course, I live in the most depressed economy in the country, so living here is pretty cheap!

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Not for Seattle, especially if you have kids! Our cost of living is pretty high and there is a lot of competition. Most of the classes are nights and weekends, and being gone that many nights and weekends gets old fast and can be very disruptive to the family, which if you wanted to do it full time, would require at least a couple nights a week and a fair number of weekends.

Combine it with some other things, and definitely!

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Possibly, if you are hired by an institution to do all their classes.
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