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|07-07-2012 01:08 PM|
I would suggest really promoting childbirth education during your transition to full time doula. The benefits of childbirth education courses is that you can do a 6 week course with a set day/time (unlike a delivery) and have multiple clients attending (unlike a delivery) and charge up to $300 for the course. If you marketed well, you could potentially have a dozen clients every six weeks. I've also offered shorter 'intensives' over a 2 or 3 saturdays. I also sometimes offer classes on two different week nights just to accommodate the schedules of my potential clients. Here something to think about:
Marketing is always key. I have had the most success in my business when I have a great marketing partnership. Look to a local midwife, chiropractor, CNM (even MD), etc... for mutual referrals. This may take some time to establish trust and a good working partnership, but it is completely worth it.
I hope this helps, and good luck!
|06-12-2012 08:17 PM|
Yes absolutely! You may not earn that much immediately, but if you invest in your marketing skills and have a really great business plan you can definitely make $15,000 a year. Many people are willing to pay for a doula when they understand what you are worth. A few simple tips to get you started:
If you are interested in more, check out www.yourdoulabusiness.com and enter your email.
|06-11-2012 06:16 PM|
I don't know anyone who is a full time doula with no extra income (spouse's job). There's no way to gaurantee steady clients, or that they would all pay full price, and to work up to full-time doulaing will takes years, because most people are looking for experience. Sorry to be so negative I just wouldn't want you to be completely dependent on it if it doesn't work out as you had hoped.
|06-11-2012 09:48 AM|
it depends on your area, here $750 is charged only by experienced well known doulas, the rest of us charge around $300 and it can be difficult to get enough paying clients every month.
I would suggest looking into the pricing in your area and also perhaps supplimenting it with pp doula work, childbirth education or something of the like
|06-11-2012 12:40 AM|
I think it's possible, but it might take a while to build up your client base enough to have enough steady work, and that might be a bit tricky. It's probably hard to do doula work if you have another job you can't just leave for births. If you were able to charge $750 per client and average 2 per month, you would probably make enough after expenses to reach 15000. I don't know if that is the going rate in your area, I just chose it randomly, and assumed an average of $100 in expenses per birth (gas, cell phone, supplies) :)
|06-10-2012 11:01 PM|
Hey everyone! I'm new to this community and I have a question for experienced doulas out there.
My current job is in behavioral health- I make 15K a year. Right now I am able to live on this amount (it's not easy, but I can make it work). Do you think it is possible to make this much as a doula? I live in Grand Rapids, Mi, which is a mid size city. Do you think there is a minimum number of births one would need to attend monthly to make 15K? I don't feel that is a large amount of money at all, and I know that being a doula is not the most lucrative, but this is my passion. In the future I want to be a midwife, and I feel that this would be a great foot in the door of this field. Any advice?
Thank you in advance for any ideas!!!