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|After having a wonderful birth with a doula myself, I got the change to be a doula at my friend's birth and i loved it sooo much I decided that is something I really want to do. I've been reading all I can (I printed out that list of books that is stickied). I'm not sure what I should start with. My doula said she started working before she was ever certified and by the time she was ready to get her certification she already had three births lined up (she went through DONA).|
|How did you start?|
|Did you start attending births before or after you got certified?|
|How do you find clients?|
|When you first start out, do you charge?|
|Should I make a website now or wait until I've had more experience? Any advice is much appreciated.|
Crisis pregnancy centers in your area, the health department
and FYI most people Google doula"their town" and that pulls up whomever is in their town (if they know how to advertise correctly, that is)
there are many orgs, yes DONA spends the most on advertising themselves. I don't think that necessarily means they are the best at training, however.. IMO they are also the most mainstream. I'm not trying to start a debate about who is or isn't best. You should choose based on philosophy, support, whats available to you, fits your lifestyle and cost.
I went with a training org that was most in line with my beliefs about what normal birth is, and how to empower women to get the births they want and support them when that isn't possible.
I trained with ALACE, btw. CBI looks similar
How did you find meetings and lectures in your area? I always go to the Babies R Us meetings..heh.
|Another thing, is I'd like to work primarily with pregnant teens. I was thinking about talking to school councilors and giving them flyers or something like that, for them to give to the girls (THAT ARE ALREADY PREGNANT... before a bunch of you get onto me for promoting teen pregnancy) Any thoughts on other ways to go about that?|
actually if you already work with teens some crisis centers will TRAIN or pay for your doula training.
and I wanted to thank you for your questions today. I was so upset over something in my life (duh-a pregnant teen that I am geographically too far away to effectively support during labor) that I narrowly began forgetting about all the teens that are RIGHT HERE who I can support--tomorrow.
proud mama to: DD (8/02), DS (12/03), DS (11/06), DS (9/09) and EDD 11/1
I just wanted to add a very valuable website for someone looking into becoming a doula. It's been great with helping me to get my business started and share with many other doulas www.alldoulas.com Good luck! It's an awesome adventure.
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