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I have decided to pursue my post partum doula certification before birth doula certs, due to having 2 small children and no reliable on the call care for them, when my clients labor hits. I am beginning my certifications and am wondering where exactly to list my services?<br><br>
I have listed them on craigs list, but not sure where else. I can make fliers and post them at local hospitals but my question is, are people interested in hiring a ppd who does not have her certs? I wouldnt be charging the going rate, as I feel that isnt fair without having my credentials. But not only do i have years of post partum care for my close friends and sisters, i have a 2 and a half year old and a 5 month old. Sorry just kind of venting my questions, as I am <b>READY</b> to begin helping women through their post partum days!!! I feel so passionatly that this is a way to help women avoid post partum depression and to give them time to worry about nothing other then bonding and loving their new babes!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Hey there,<br>
When I first began ppdoula work I posted in local health food stores, yoga place, midwife offices, ob/gyn offices, etc. etc. just about anywhere that pregnant women would go. I ended up getting the best referrals from being certified and getting to be listed on the DONA website, word of mouth from previous clients and the area birth doulas. Now I don't bother to "advertise" because those three areas I just mentioned keep me busy. In the area I live being certified matters a lot to the parents to be, they really want someone certified, I'm sure this isn't the case everywhere though and hey we all have to start out uncertified to get certified. I'm sure with all your experience you will do very well! Let me know if you have anymore questions! This is my website and it tells more about how I structure my business. <a href="http://www.tendercaredoula.com" target="_blank">www.tendercaredoula.com</a><br><br>
Amy
 

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To be completely honest with you credentials do not help here in Montgomery, AL. No one cares if you're certified or not. Anway, I did all the advertising like Amy said, but I don't adverse in the paper or local mothering mag. I'm certified through CAPPA and have my name on that website, but the most clients I've gotten have been through the local LLL and postpartum nurses at the hospital.<br><br>
Traci
 
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