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Back on the (Birthing) Ball

I've been taking actively seeking doula clients, since I feel Ivy is old enough to be left with Daddy. Being the quintessential Momma's-girl, she'd hate it the first few times, but I miss births.

I'm excited that I've been getting calls again. I have a meeting with some prospective clients this Tuesday, although I am still awaiting emailed directions. I just got another call and chatted with a mama, but I don't think I felt a good vibe off that one. I think she was disappointed that I haven't had more births. I've had a lot more clients than births, thanks to several volunteer births who didn't call me. Then I had the baby and have been on break.

It's discouraging, because I only need *one more* birth to get my certification-- and it's due in September. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for this couple I'm meeting Tuesday. We chatted for a little while on the phone and seemed to mesh well. I hope the fee doesn't drive them off, but I can't afford to do volunteer births anymore. We're just struggling too hard, and it actually costs money to do volunteer births.

So hopefully I will have another client soon! I'm really hoping to get the ball rolling again, and my ultimate goal is to have one birth per month. We'll see how long it takes to reach that goal.

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lolacat
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the potential client. I know what you mean about itching to finish up certification -- I need two more births and really, really want to get it done this summer before I'm back in classes next year and maybe pregnant.

I have also started charging clients. Not very much (very little, actually), but I think I'll up my fee every two births or so. Unless they are really in need (young/alone/etc) they can cover my gas fees and some of my cell phone expenses until my doula practice is really up and running in the future.

Anyway. Yay births.
ahavah
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I charge comparable rates to the other doulas in my area. I make sure every woman knows that I am willing to do a sliding-scale if necessary. I fully support the DONA vision of A doula for every woman.

Even with my volunteer births, I wrote a Gifting clause into my contract. Every client I have ever volunteered services for has paid me something. It's just that with two kids in diapers, Josh losing one of his jobs, and us needing to climb out of a hole, I can't feel guilty about charging what I'm worth. And I know people out there can afford to pay me relatively low fees. So I am doing a lot of positive manifestation. :)
ct_doula
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Congrats on getting back on the birthing ball! lol
How do you go about getting clients? I am still having really crappy luck!
ahavah
Mar. 18th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Ha ha - I'm one of the people who answered your question in the doula community. ;)
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ahavah
Mar. 19th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
It really depends on the area. In my neck of the woods, birth doula services are usually between $300-400. I charge $350, with sliding scale available (and $50 for members of my church :) ). The highest I have heard is between $1000-1200 in some places. I've also been told that travelling is different entirely, and that's something I have started looking for info about. :D
of_life_n_love
Mar. 19th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
Yay!!! Good luck Tuesday {{HUGS}}
ahavah
Mar. 19th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'll be honest though, I'm so stoked about just getting calls, that the interview itself is sure to be all gravy...
nedia782
Mar. 19th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
congrats momma!!! I will keep things crossed for you on tuesday ;) Doulas around here charge anywhere from 500-1300, depending on the city and services offered. I have TOTALLY given up on charging for a birth. I do them now just because I am addicted to birth, lol. I do plan on totally revamping my goals after this baby and going total crunchy doula. Any suggestions on how to get my name out? Whatever it is your doing is working :) again congrats and good luck!! :)
ahavah
Mar. 19th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
Wow - where do you live? Great pay for doula work!

Congrats on going crunchy. That's my favorite way to be. Here's a good link for marketing:

LJ doula group
nedia782
Mar. 19th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) Its a good place for Doula work if you could get women interested :) Did you read my post ab out MY experience with L&D staff? THATS what women around here have to deal with >:( Thanks for the link gonna check it out :)
ahavah
Mar. 19th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Have I read it? Probably. Sadly, I've read so many L&D 'horror stories' that I don't remember which one was your's. I'll have to go back and look. But no wonder a doula can charge so much!

Just remember: One woman at a time. :)

I love your icon. So cute!
nedia782
Mar. 20th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
lol thanks, that got taken today :) I posted today about what happened to me this past firday night. Not a good time. A lot of women around here are NOT interested in a Doula because they plan on an epidural or a c-section. >sigh< northwest here I come, lol :)
snagglepat
Mar. 20th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
I'm meeting a prospective client tonight, and if they book me it'll be my first fully paid job, even though my last two clients as a trainee are yet to give birth. (One is due next week and the other in May, and this prospective client is due in August.)

I didn't charge anything for my first 'trainee' clients, but for these two I'm charging expenses, and they're both happy with that. This is great for me as they're both 40-60 minutes drive from my home. :)
ahavah
Mar. 20th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I hope they contract you.

I did my 'trainee' births free, but I wouldn't recommend it anymore. In my area we have a lot of Medicaid moms (me included), so I thought it would be easier to get births that way. It ended up being harder, IMO. People - at least here in the US - respect what they have to pay for. :( Fine by me. From now on, I have no qualms about charging what I'm worth, although I'll happily work with someone if they need it.
browneyed_whore
Mar. 20th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
If you were in the New England area, I'd talk to you about having you as a doula.

I actually saw a show on alternative birthing methods about two months ago, it was neat and very informative. Too bad I can't remember the show...though it was following all those "baby" shows on now a days. I can't seem to get enough of those, even when I wasn't pregnant heh.
ahavah
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
I watched The Baby Story all the time when I was pregnant. But the more I started reading about birth, the more I hated those shows! LOL Baby Story isn't as bad as some others - at least I've seen them do two waterbirths. I just hate it how they rarely show normal births, with the women up and walking, swaying, squatting - usually all the mamas are sitting in bed with lines poking into them everywhere. :(

I'd LOVE to be your doula if I was in the area! Actually, I have a good internet friend in Baltimore who may want me to come out and be her doula for her birth. I'm still not sure how the travelling thing goes, but I'll definitely post about it if that works out.
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