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What type of care do you provide? (i.e. Post-partum, Labor)<br><br>
Do you combine this with any other type of care (massage, aromatherapy, childbirth education classes)<br><br>
Do you work with mainly hospitals or midwives, or if both, what portion with each?<br><br>
Are there any midwives or doctors who you work with in paticular?<br><br>
What area do you work in? (city state, as well as rural/urban, hippieish, conservative, however you want to describe it)<br><br>
Do you work by yourself or with a partner? Why?<br><br>
Where did you get your training?<br><br>
Are you certified? What does that mean and why did you choose to be so?<br><br>
What do you charge for your services?<br><br>
How many births have you attended? and/or How many clients do you or you and your partner(s) see a year?<br><br>
What are your other committments--school, family, etc. and how do you sucessfully manage your schedule?<br><br>
Does anyone work with military families and are you a regular civilian with access to military hospital, or dependent who already had base access? What hoops would a regular civilian you have to jump through to get access to a base hospital as a doula? (If they'd even let a radical peace activist near the base!) :LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 

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What type of care do you provide? (i.e. Post-partum, Labor)<br><br><i>Mainly labour and follow-up right now. I do a couple of prenatal visits too though.</i><br><br>
Do you combine this with any other type of care (massage, aromatherapy, childbirth education classes)<br><br><i>Basic massage, encouragement, a little aromatherapy (lavendar oil?), support.</i><br><br>
Do you work with mainly hospitals or midwives, or if both, what portion with each?<br><br><i>Mainly hospitals because I think women birthing in hospitals are the ones who need the real support. I've done two midwife-attended home births which were of course fabulous.</i><br><br>
Are there any midwives or doctors who you work with in paticular?<br><br><i>No. I work for the client and so see lots of different doctors/midwives.</i><br><br>
What area do you work in? (city state, as well as rural/urban, hippieish, conservative, however you want to describe it)<br><br><i>Small city (70,000 people) in an agricultural area.</i><br><br>
Do you work by yourself or with a partner? Why?<br><br><i>I work by myself, but have two other doula friends and we back each other up and talk frequently about births we attend, etc.</i><br><br>
Where did you get your training?<br><br><i>Mainly through experience and reading alot, although I've also taken a couple of online courses and several day-long training conferences.</i><br><br>
Are you certified? What does that mean and why did you choose to be so?<br><br><i>I'm not certified. I would like to, but need to take an official three-day course to certify through DONA and don't have the funds for that as most of my births have been on a volunteer basis.</i><br><br>
What do you charge for your services?<br><br><i>I charge $400. $200 due at the first prenatal appointment, and a post-dated cheque for $200 written for two weeks after the due date. That way if my backup attends the birth, I can just give her the post-dated cheque and we're both covered. I would charge more or less based on the circumstances, although as I said earlier, I have mainly done volunteer work until now.</i><br><br>
How many births have you attended? and/or How many clients do you or you and your partner(s) see a year?<br><br><i>I've attended about a dozen now. I only have 3-4 a year on average.</i><br><br>
What are your other committments--school, family, etc. and how do you sucessfully manage your schedule?<br><br><i>Family and volunteer work mainly. I teach Sunday School and run a couple of drop-in groups and LLL. The hardest thing to juggle for me is having a babysitter on call in case I need someone while my husband's at work, etc.</i><br><br>
Does anyone work with military families and are you a regular civilian with access to military hospital, or dependent who already had base access? What hoops would a regular civilian you have to jump through to get access to a base hospital as a doula? (If they'd even let a radical peace activist near the base!)<br><br><i>I don't know anything about this. But as a doula, you work for the client, not the hospital. Can't she have whoever she wants at her birth?</i><br><br><i>Hope this helps a little,<br><br>
Kerri</i>
 

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I answered your questions and my computer shut down before I could post <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'll try again...<br><br>
What type of care do you provide? (i.e. Post-partum, Labor)<br><br>
So far, I've done mostly labor support. I try to have at least two prenatal visits and one postpartum visit, so that we can get to know one another before the birth and have closure following it.<br><br>
Do you combine this with any other type of care (massage, aromatherapy, childbirth education classes)<br><br>
basic massage, use of essential oils for aromatherapy, help with her birth plan, childbirth education if desired, and breastfeeding education and support<br><br>
Do you work with mainly hospitals or midwives, or if both, what portion with each?<br><br>
I have done both...more hospital births than homebirths as this is more common where I live<br><br>
Are there any midwives or doctors who you work with in paticular?<br><br>
I only work with one homebirth midwife. At the hospital I will work with whoever the client has hired as her caregiver.<br><br>
What area do you work in? (city state, as well as rural/urban, hippieish, conservative, however you want to describe it)<br><br>
I live in southern Alabama. It is not rural, but it is very medically conservative here.<br><br>
Do you work by yourself or with a partner? Why?<br><br>
Like the previous poster I work alone, but have several doula friends and we back each other up. I have partnered with another doula for a birth and it was a good experience.<br><br>
Where did you get your training?<br><br>
I got my training through Birthing Options Childbirth Education & Services. I have attended the workshop and done extensive reading. I have only attended three of the six required births for certification.<br><br>
Are you certified? What does that mean and why did you choose to be so?<br><br>
I am in the process of certifying...that just means that my clients know that I have met certain standards of study.<br><br>
What do you charge for your services?<br><br>
Right now, nothing....as a student I am just grateful to have the opportunity to learn and grow by attending births.<br><br>
How many births have you attended? and/or How many clients do you or you and your partner(s) see a year?<br><br>
I have only attended three births so far. I will only take on one client a month for now.<br><br>
What are your other committments--school, family, etc. and how do you sucessfully manage your schedule?<br><br>
I have three sons and we homeschool. I limit my practice to one birth a month. My dh is great about supporting me and watching the kids when he can. I have a list of babysitters that I know and trust, and if he can't watch the kids, I start calling until I find someone available on short notice.<br><br><br>
Does anyone work with military families and are you a regular civilian with access to military hospital, or dependent who already had base access? What hoops would a regular civilian you have to jump through to get access to a base hospital as a doula? (If they'd even let a radical peace activist near the base!)<br><br>
The last birth I attended was at a military hospital and I am just a regular civilian. I signed in at the visitors center and told them who I was there to see in labor and delivery--gave them my driver's license and registration info.--they called up to the nurses station and verifyed that she was expecting me--and I signed in and presented my license again at the front desk of the hospital. No problems, just some paperwork...I was nervous about it, though. :LOL<br><br>
HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Rainbow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rainbow peace">
 
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