Yesterday I heard the following from a birth doula:
"I finally let go of the crappy part time job that was using my vital morning time... The time when I have the most energy and focus for my business. It's a risk, because I'm not quite financially ready, but I *never* will be if I don't quit this job and use those vital hours for my business."
It's the age-old dilemma. You need the money, so you have a part-time job. That part-time job keeps you from fullly committing to growing my business so it can sustain you. And nothing really changes. Time after time I've seen doulas step over this threshold to making doula work their full-time job. It can be done, but it consistently requires you stepping over a threshold - and it's a scary one if you don't have a strong financial cushion.
DO YOU WANT YOUR JOB TO BE DOULA WORK?
So you love birth and babies. You'd LOVE to imagine yourself doing this work full-time but aren't sure if that is a wise move for your bank account. While there are definitely factors you should consider before taking the leap, if you are willing to do the work to build your doula business, the answer is definitely:
Over the years I have met doulas who are former managers, musicians, software engineers, actors, teachers, and nurses. Whatever your career or age, it's never too late to consider making doula care your full time job. I've even seen grandmothers inspired by the birth of a grandchild decide to enter the field.
I still remember the very first full-time doula I ever met, way back in 2000. I was pretty much blown away that she had actually made doula work her full time job. She had business cards, a welcome packet, a logo, and even a website. I had already been attending births for almost a decade, but always as a volunteer while working full-time. One of these days I'll see if she'll agree to an interview with me and I can share her story.
For now, here are my top 8 steps to make a successful transition into full time doula work.
8 Steps to make doula work your full time job
Here are some helpful blog posts to further research your options for doula jobs:
>> Certification Matters: DONA Certified Doulas Earn Higher Fees and Attract More Clients
>> Working as a Doula - 6 Common Questions
>> 8 Misconceptions about Becoming a Doula
>> What I learned from 17 Years of Being a Doula
>> Making a Living as a Doula
>> The Downside of Doulaing
>> A day in the life of a doula