Doula in small town? : LUSENET : Doula.Com General Discussion : One Thread

Hello! I found out about doulas after my first child was born in 97. Ever since I have felt that this is what I want to be. I live in Northern MN and most people here don't know what a doula is. But, the city where I live is large and I thought it would be a great place to start my doula business. The problem is because of hubby's job transfer we will be moving to a small town an hour from here. There are 4 OBs there that serve the area. I am concerned about how the Dr's and nurses will accept a doula, as well as the people. My relatives aren't too supportive and don't take my doula dream seriously. My hubby though is very supportive. Has anyone had to deal with small town doctors? Are the people interested? Please help!! I've already started my certification process.



-- Jody Poaletti (, April 09, 1999


I also live in a relatively small town and get plenty of work. I also drive a lot. I often drive an hour to go to births in the nearest city. It has always worked out. I let moms/couples know to give me a little lead time so that I can be prepared. I've also been to a bunch at a hospital 1/2 hour from me. The nurses at the small hospital appreciate the work I do just as much as the ones in the city. Just get your name out there. Talk at CB classes if you can. Get a booth at baby fairs. Just talk talk talk. Send a letter of introduction to the OBs in the area. Offer your services to teen moms and any other group you are interested in. Once your name gets out there you'll have clients coming to you. It's fun, just a bit of work at the beginning!

-- Kirsten Gerrish (, April 29, 1999.

Hi Jody, where in MN do you live? My family is going to be moving to the Duluth area in less than a year. I too am in the process of certification and I am wondering how many women are around that are doulas or childbirth educators. I would love to hear from you and find out what you know. Thanks, Kristi

-- kristi bodick (, July 06, 2000.

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