Just wondering if anyone has a gig like this? I know the doulas we have there often provid support for moms they have never met, though there are also some families that know ahead of time that they want a doula and have met them before labor - but as a PRN position, many will be last minute calls. Is just different than forming a relationship prior to the baby being on the way. Still, there are many positives, of course. Just curious if any doulas here have done this type of work before. Thanks!
I have done this in the past and I really enjoyed it. Many of the women were so appreciative and overall it was fun and fulfilling.
I don't know of any hospitals in my area that do this on a paid basis. There are some volunteer programs. Where are you/where do you know that they have these programs? It sounds like it could be a very good situation.
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We have an OB here in town that employs a doula for his practice. I feel that it creats a conflict of interest and dont agree with it. A doula should be working for the parents and supporting their wishes even if they are not in compliance with hospital protocol. This is really hard to do if you are employed by the hospital. You tend to lean in the direction of the paycheck. That said, maybe it works in your area. It would not work in mine.
I did this for almost four years and I really enjoyed it. it takes a while to get used to the different feel of staff working--but it has it's perks. The OBs/Nurses etc get to know you/trust you in a different way. You also have more privileges than if you're own your own typically.
If you have pre conceived notions about the type of clientele you want, then it's not a great spot. You will get whoever comes along and you have to learn to adapt to meet people where they are, even if you're polar opposite.
Mom of three - (2.5 yrs, 7yrs, and 11yrs). Birthing Doula, editor, and wife to my soulmate. I've had a c/s, hospital VBAC, UC and not yet decided what I'll do about this next little one
Anyhow, I actually just got a different full-time job, so unfortunately I'll have to pass on the staff doula position (though I will still be at that hospital in mother and baby very part-time on weekends, so I will stay in touch with the doulas there for the future).
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