For those called to the field of birth work, it can be hard to find the niche that is the right fit for you. There are many options. Some are medical, others are non-clinical. Some are support roles while others are educational roles. Gravitate towards where you belong. You are needed there.
You may serve multiple roles at the same time such as being a childbirth educator, birth doula, and lactation specialist. Or you may transition from one role to another, perhaps doula to midwife or doula to labor and delivery nurse. Many birthworkers struggle trying to figure out exactly what path they belong on in this field. May this blog clarify your options and help you find where you are meant to be.
Physician Assistant working in obstetrics
Other patient support health professionals
Office or hospital unit support staff
Management and administration in a birthing center or maternity unit
Out-of-hospital birth professionals (typically working in home births or birthing centers, but may work in hospitals in some areas)
Mental health professionals