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, 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 7 keys to making doula work your full time job.
7 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