I am on my fourth pregnancy, I have two living chidden, 7 and 5. My 5 year old was born at home, unassisted (not on purpose, just happened that way), and I am planning a home birth with a midwife for this pregnancy. My first two pregnancies were hospital births with a lot of interventions, which is what led to my desire for home births and a different way of doing it. I believe women were designed to give birth and that it is one of the most sacred experiences that a woman can ever have in her life.
I currently have a career that makes a decent living, that allows me to work from home for the most part, but it not something that I feel any passion for. It is simply a means to an end. Within the past few months, I have come to the realization that I am very interested in the childbirth field, and I feel that it might be a calling for me.
I am currently looking into all of the different avenues - doula, midwife, and CBE. My main concerns with the doula and midwife options are that A. I have a 7 and 5 year old, the one I'm pregnant with, and we are planning on having a fourth in a year and a half. I feel that the doula and midwife option will take me away from the home too much, and put too much strain on my husband, forcing him to be at home with the kids when I am with clients.
Hence, I am leaning towards the CBE direction. I am wondering if some of you that are childbirth educators could give me some of your experience, especially if you're a mother with several children. Also, what is the average income of you ladies that do it full time? I would be looking into eventually quitting the job that I currently have. I know that I've looked at educators in my area and they charge anywhere between $250 and $450 for childbirth education classes, but I don't know how often they do classes, how many women/couples sign up and what kind of business expenses they are covering.
Any information, however vague or specific, would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!!! :)
It sounds like you are very passionate about supporting families around birth! It looks like your post may have been missed, so I'm bumping it up for attention. Anyone have experiences to share?
I was in your shoes exactly when I became a childbirth educator - received my certification in 2001. My kids were 7 and 9. I immediately was offered a job teaching at a local hospital. That brought in about $200-$400 a month and has been extremely rewarding.
The great thing about teaching for a hospital is that it is a set night so you can arrange for childcare. You get paid no matter how many couples attend. You don't have to take care of any business aspects, just show up and teach. I have learned so much by teaching - I highly recommend it.