I may have a new doula client

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Mom2ThreeKiddos's picture
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I may have a new doula client

Yay I am so excited. I meet with her on Wednesday. She wants somone who know something about hypnobabies. Wish me luck!!!

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exciting, good luck! I'm sure the fact that you are doing hypnobabies for your own upcoming birth and you have been accepted into their training program will be to your benefit Smile

My first "client" (a friend, whose birth I am doing for free) is 38 weeks tomorrow, so my first birth as a doula could be any day now!

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Very cool - congrats!

Chimmy's picture
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That's exciting. I hope it goes well for you Smile I have a client who is due anyday now, I'm looking forward to her birth.

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OOOO how exciting! I hope the meeting goes well for you. Smile

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Thanks! I am excited. This may be my first paying client too. LOL

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Well I am in wait mode now. I am unsure what they are going to do. I am second guessing myself. ahh I hate this part. If I wasn't desperate for a new client it wouldn't bother me that much. Starting out as a new doula is just hard.

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I have had two potential clients I interviewed with decide not to use me, and it is so hard! They both explained their reasons for their choices and they made sense, but it's still tough--I think it's hard no to put some emotional investment into it when you have a meet-and-greet.

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Trust yourselves & your ability to support these women & their families - it all falls into place exactly as it should, in the end Smile

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I know I can help her. I just know it. I am just not sure how well I sold myself. She is just a month away from delivery and I left the fee the same. I am not much of a business women. LOL

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There's nothing wrong with that - that is when most of your work is done.

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Well I wasn't hired. I had a feeling when I left. I knew I blew it. The last few months have just been so crazy for me. Feeling pretty down about it at the moment. Sad

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I'm so sorry Sad

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I'm so sorry that it didn't work out!

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I'm sorry to hear she didn't choose to hire you, Christy. I know how tough it is. Of course, in theory I beleive that a woman shouldn't hire a doula unless she feels 100% comfortable with her and has a feeling that they "just clicked" when they met, but in reality, it is so hard not to take it personally or feel like you did something wrong in the interview.

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I know what you mean Brittany. You know the more I think about it, the more I feel that I am too distracted on my own birth right now and while I do think I would have helped her I am not sure I would have been there 100%. Since my birth is so important to me and with it being a vba3c which I now think I might have to fight a little for since I now have high bp this might have been better for me really. Thanks everyone for your support though. Doula work is so rewarding, yet can be so hard to get started.

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I think doula work has it's Seasons ~ sometimes your in it, sometimes your not. There's nothing wrong with that and I think it's good to recognise this so you can be a good doula to your clients. When I am pregnant I take almost no one on - I'm very anti-social when pregnant for some reason, always have been. So it's not a good time for me to be a doula. Instead of rely on my doula for support. This time I have 2 clients right now & I don't plan on taking anymore until next year. I will however continue to do placenta's. Soo I guess my point in sharing this is enjoy where you are - you wont be there for long & before you know it you'll be in doula-mode again WinkSmile