I am looking into becoming a certified doula however with a six month old I am worried about finding a "middle of the night sitter" in the event that I needed one. My husband works a lot so I am limited. I started researching about becoming a CBE but I just don't understand where do you host classes? Do hospitals hire you? Do you just put them together yourself?
I really want to be involved in the natural birth world after having a wonderful experience myself.
Thanks in advance.
I'm still just working on my doula certification and will hopefully be attending a CBE training soon.
As far as finding middle of the night childcare, I'm currently networking with some other local doulas. I'll really want to have a backup doula, but many of them are very understanding and would be happy to be a backup babysitter for me (and I'm willing to do it for them as well).
Some hospitals hire CBEs, but at least in my experience they usually want an RN and just have a nurse that already works at the hospital teach the childbirth education classes.
The independent CBEs in town usually do them in birth centers (not paid by the birth center) or in community rooms at the local library, church, or community college.
That's a hard situation if you've got little ones. I had to wait till my youngest was 5 and I had a friend that would come over whenever I needed. Other options - cb classes can be done in your home or at a birth center, I've been to one at a chiropractor's office...just get creative! Also, breastfeeding support and postpartum support is vital too! Sometimes birth isn't such a big deal but postpartum is so totally overwhelming that moms and dads really need a doula! Those are all more easily scheduled.