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Hi everyone! I live in Puerto Rico, and a fantastic opportunity has come for doula training. It's a 5 day course, and only $120. The training will be done by a professional retired midwife with over 25 years of experience. She is also an experienced doula, lactaction and perinatal counselor, amongst other things.<br><br>
The training will be this December, and I would love to go. However, I would like to know, has anyone here worked as a doula while pregnant? I'm only about 2 months long right now. I would be mostly working in hospital births, since home birthing here is very rare. Please tell me your experiences, both good and bad, as a doula while pregnant. Thanks to everyone!
 

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I think you're not getting any responses because this is very individual; it really depends on how you're feeling and how your body is handling pregnancy. It also depends on how you'll structure a doula practice; it would be easier to get a break in a long labor (or avoid back-to-back labors) in a partnership than as a solo.<br><br>
Taking a course does not compel you to take clients right away, either, so if you think this isn't going to happen again, I'd take the opportunity to do the course whether or not you will work right away afterwards.
 

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I have and am. My family is more of a drain on me then my doula work. 18 weeks along and have be at about 6 births so far (I'm also in school so took midterms off and scheduled no births for finals). most recent was a few days ago and it was great.<br><br>
your taining will not be wasted even IF you get too tired or pg complications or life situation makes you decide not to work for a few months.
 

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I worked as a doula throughout my last two pregnancies (actually the last one I was also apprenticing as a midwife). I found it very doable. The main problem I had was I get hyperemesis, so in the beginning, I'm fairly useless. I didn't have the stamina, needed to nap and rest more, limit my clients, let them know that I wouldn't be able to do some things, but overall, I think it was fine...actually if you can get the training done while pregnant, that seems ideal, then you don't have to worry about breastfeeding or being separated from the baby when born. I did my training with penny simkin and had just found out I was pregnant, so morning sickness hadn't set it, it worked out great! Then I took clients up to about 7 months, it allowed me to get the training and some experience before I took off some time to be at home.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I've had two clients while I was pregnant.<br><br>
With one I'm sorry to say I missed the birth. I miscarried the day she gave birth. I had no back-up. Its a good idea to have a back-up in place. Her birth did go well. She was a teen mom and had her baby an hour after she arrived at the hospital. I called her after I got home from the hospital myself. At her request I arranged for a PP doula to come and check on her and help her out.<br><br>
The last birth I attended was when I was pregnant. I was around 24 weeks. It was a beautiful CNM attended hospital birth. Very positive experience. My pregnancy had a minimal effect on my ability to doula. I had a back-up planned.<br><br>
I haven't gone to a birth since. I love doula work, but need to have benefits so I gave it up.
 

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I worked through my last pregnancy until about three weeks before I gave birth am working through my current pregnancy as well (am thinking I will work until 35 weeks this time around). With this pregnancy I have done 13 births since finding out I was pregnant.<br><br>
With my last pregnancy I probably would have went a little further, but found that the clients and their partners were worried about how I was doing, and I didn't like that feeling.
 

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I became pregnant immediately after my doula training and attended births until I was about 6 months pregnant.<br><br>
Then I stopped for two years because of our nursing relationship. I'm pregnant again and taking a few births this winter to stay in the game.
 

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How many births do you ladies take on while not pregnant?
 

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I take on the same amount pregnant or not. The only difference is that I stop taking private clients after my 7th month, but will continue taking on hospital clients until about 3-4 weeks before the baby comes (I work for a hospital that has a doula program so feel I can work longer into the pregnancy because if I go into labor I don't have to worry about the clients getting a different doula because they aren't guaranteed a certain doula).
 

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A pregnant doula also ought to think about how attending a hard or complicated birth might affect her own birth.<br><br>
I attended a bad outcome when I was 32wks...it wrecked me. Chances of attending a bad outcome while pregnant are slim, but in the hospitals I've worked in, rough and complicated are all too common.
 
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