I recently had the epiphany that I want to utilize my knowledge of childbirth and my outgoing personality to help others have beautiful, well-informed birth experiences. Having had 3 births, one in a hospital (with unnecessary interventions) and the last 2 in a birth center (one birth stool & one water birth), I educated myself more through each pregnancy and so feel very well acquainted with all aspects of pregnancy and birth.
I am planning on getting certified through CBI, offering prenatal health & childbirth classes, maybe doing the additional breastfeeding consultant program. I will advertise with the local midwives, birth center, OB offices, my good friends who are alternative health providers, etc. I think I can build a strong business out of this, since I live in the mountains and there are not very many CBE's who serve my community...most are down in Denver, which makes attending classes very inconvenient for a lot of couples up here.
What I'm wondering about the most is startup costs - what kind of educational equipment do you really need to get started? I looked at birthinternational.com and they have a ton of great stuff, but it's expensive. I'm pretty artistic, could I create my own charts & handouts, and maybe just get a couple anatomical models? What do you recommend as the necessities? What else do I really need to get going?
I think your passion and ideas are great. And I do think you can create a lot of your materials by hand. Some of my favorite teaching tools are the pelvis and doll and a 3-d model of cervical dilation. I hope you enjoy becoming certified and building your business!
OP- I could have written your post myself!
Except for the birth details...
But I'm in the initial stages of making plans to get certified and start a business that can do some real good in my community.
Good luck to you!
Me 32, loving him 33, more each day. Rad boy, 7/12/10 & Cool gal 4/28/13
I'm a biracial, atheist, humanist, pacifist, anarchist, bibliophile, and educator.
I think you have a great plan...I do it myself! :) I teach in Estes Park (small mountain town...and by the way, I grew up in Evergreen!), and it's such a great thing for the couples to have a local class and not have to drive an hour each way for the information!
When I first started out I had all sorts of charts and whatnot...but now I just use powerpoint with loads of internet pictures showing anything and everything (real women during real labor). And if you won't have a projector, you can always just print out your 'slides' and show them...a picture is worth 100 words, don'tchaknowit! But I always use my pelvis (well...not MY pelvis...the model) and a baby doll, and I bring a birth ball and have the couples try it out, too. I also demo a lot of rebozo techniques, so for that I bring cheap sarongs.
You don't really need a lot of expensive stuff!