This is how I stock my first aid and medications closet. How do you do yours? If you would add anything to this list, feel welcome to comment. You are also welcome to print this out and check things off as you build your supplies.
VITALS & BASIC ASSESSMENT
BLEEDING / WOUNDS
AIRWAY AND CPR
OINTMENTS & SPRAYS
TO ADMINISTER MEDICINE
What would you add?
There is a wide range of expenses here. Many things are optional, but recommended. Doulas may spend thousands getting everything started or they may invest in these things slowly after they have been hired and paid by clients. Bare bones – you don’t have to be trained, certified, or have any other credentials (example, lactation specialist). Most of us take a training. Many are not certified. A lot of birth workers start out with one thing and add to their credentials over time as they have the time and money.
The purpose of this blog is not to deter you with the monetary costs of having this small business; it’s to reiterate that this passionate work is a legitimate small business. Like all types of business, financial planning and money management is a must.
We’re going to look at 5 areas.
Becoming a doula
Starting your business
Making it official
Getting your name out there
Preparing to practice
Yearly and monthly expenses of maintaining your business
The cost you invest in serving each client
Appointments: Intake, each prenatal, and each postpartum
If you have a backup
To sustain a doula business, you have to
As you can see, there are a lot of expenses to being a doula. Make a budget accordingly. Think about the investment you have to put in to offer these services. Here are several self-reflection questions.
I hope this blog has been helpful to you. Doula work is an amazing profession! It is a tough small business to run – especially when doulas are monetarily undervalued – and burn out rates are high. Charge your worth!!!
Last week was one year since I came back to church. It's hard to believe it's only been a year because so much has changed. My life has truly been transformed. I was lost and he came looking for me, pulled me back to where I needed to be, and worked on my wounds while I hesitantly grew roots in a faith I once thought I had to walk away from forever. I remember the moon and stars shining over the church that night as I arrived to evening service. I was shaking and red with anxiety. It was that life-changing; it's ingrained in my memory, the moonlit parking lot. That decision was one that redirected my lifestyle.
How do I explain what it means to be Apostolic Pentecostal? How could I possibly explain the atmosphere of a church service, the worship, the praises of the people, and the sermons spoken with conviction? I don't have enough pages to tell of the miracles, the testimonies, and the transformations you'll find. I know the blind who have been healed. I've seen the disabled walk again. I've seen the addict recover, the people with debilitating anxiety find healing, chains broken, breakthroughs happen, and lives changed. I can feel the presence of God in the church stronger than anywhere I've ever been. There is Holy Spirit fire. There is power. There is revelation.
Perhaps, I feel the difference as distinctly as I do because I haven't always been among these people and I haven't always known truth. I was atheist. I didn't even know God. I was lost. He called me out of darkness. He journeyed with me patiently. He led me to where I need to be. I became a Christian in 2005 at 17 years old. I became Apostolic Pentecostal in 2011. For the steps from 2005 through 2010, check out my blog series on my faith journey. On 2011 January 30th I stepped into an Apostolic church for the first time.