Hi all! I'm Whitney. I haven't been on The Bump since I was pregnant with my son 2 years ago. I'm not sure if this is the right place to be posting this, but I would appreciate any advice I can get from those of you who are doulas.
I live in Charlottesville, and I've been thinking about becoming a doula for awhile now. I've been interested in pregnancy and birth since before having my daughter 5 years ago. I've always talked myself out of doing anything about it because the idea of starting a business seemed so overwhelming. But I believe I would regret it down the road if I never did anything. I am attending my first workshop next week and I'm sure I'll learn a lot there, but any advice I can get in the meantime about actually getting clients would be helpful. I saw that getting certification usually requires attending a few births. How do you do that? Should I just call up local midwives and birth centers and see if they will allow me to observe some births? That just seems kind of odd to me. Once I am ready to attend births as a doula, what's the best way to get my name out there and get clients?
Any other ideas and advice you can give me would be extremely appreciated! Thanks!
PS-I'm trying to figure out how to change my profile so I can get rid of the timeline that says I'm 150 weeks pregnant. I can't figure out how to delete it. Help please?