Your Own Doula Business
a home in ancient Greece, servants running through the columned halls
with bundles of towels and basins of water. Upstairs, the lady of
the house is preparing to give birth. The midwife will arrive soon,
and the men have all left. As the mistress paces the halls in her
labor and leans against a couch, her handmaid walks beside her. Whispering
encouragement and stroking her arm, this favorite servant is known
as a doula. She will take care of her mistress, providing support
and reassurance as the baby is born.
are labor and childbirth attendants. They care for a birthing woman, tending
to her non-medical needs, such as relaxation exercises, positioning, sustenance
during labor, advocacy and help in communicating with caregivers, information
and planning before labor, and support after birth. And they make money
doing it. Depending on the area, beginning doulas charge $200-500 per
birth, and experienced doulas make even more. Amazingly, the training
and set-up costs for a career as a doula are small, and the rewards go
far beyond monetary compensation.
is the table of contents for the MyMommyBiz Original eBook Start
your own Doula Birth Business
1 Me? A Doula?
What is a doula? What do they do and could it be right for me?
2 Certifying to be a Doula
A review of the major certifying organizations, the steps to becoming
a certified doula, and some tips for completing and using your certification
3 Marketing and Publicity
How do I market myself as a birth doula?
4 What You'll Need
What do I need to begin as a doula? What kind of startup budget should
I plan on before I "open for business"?
Being a birth doula can be stressful sometimes. Where and how can I get
the support I need to be a great doula and a happy mommy?
6 Business Know-How
A little bit about business licenses, taxes, and insurance reimbursement.
A night in the life of a doula-what it's really like.
Lists of books, organizations, websites, state & provincial resources,
phone numbers and addresses that can help you.
My name is Sarah Carter and I have been a
birth doula for 2 years. When I began, I had no idea how to pursue
my dream of helping women give birth and fell into my career haphazardly.
There were no guides, and very little information available on how
to get started as a doula. I certified through Doulas of North America,
a great organization, but I've worked hard to let the organizations
speak for themselves in this e-book. Each one has its own strengths
and niche, and it is really a matter of finding the right one for
you. There are so many wonderful things about being a doula, and many
difficult ones as well. I hope this e-book gives you a fair picture
and useful information as you begin your journey.
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