I’ve been contemplating a career change for a while now. I love my current job, but the pay is ridiculous – as in your could not support yourself on it, and forget about supporting a family on it.
I feel like I want a unicorn when it comes to a job. I want to still be able to spend a good deal of my time with my family, not have to take work home with me, and but also have a livable income….J and I are exhausted from living month to month.
One thing I’ve been thinking about it becoming a certified birth doula. A doula is a woman who advocates and supports a woman during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
I had a doula for both of my births and I found her invaluable. Not only was she helping me with different positions to labor in to help move my babies out, she was able to help J help me as well. During Henry’s birth, since it was a LONG one, she and J were able to take turns doing things so that they could each be helpful to me and they didn’t reach the exhaustion point so soon. She also has her own birthing pools that she rented out to us, so we didn’t have to worry about transporting and or buying one ourselves. She knows so many of the hospital guidelines and will remind nurses/ midwives/ and OBs of them when they forget or try to skirt things. She makes sure all support staff adhere to birth wishes, and also help remind women of their birth wishes.`
There are doulas who also help with postpartum care, and will help do light cleaning, do cooking and laundry, so that all mom has to worry about is cuddling, bonding and feeding her baby. I’m not immediately looking to work as a postpartum doula, but if I see a demand for it, I’ll eventually get certified for that as well.
I contacted my local YWCA, which has a doula training program. In exchange for sending you to the certification classes, they require that you be a doula for 3 births for free for them. These are usually teens or homeless woman that are going through the YWCA courses. I’m currently waiting to hear back.
I’m hoping that eventually, I can make enough money doing this that it will be my full time job, and I can essentially go into business for myself.