Almost everywhere I go - I end up talking about birth. It just comes naturally to me. I usually have my 8 month old with me and people ask about her birth and then I ask about or if they have children. And it just spirals into me telling them about being a doula. It has become who I am.
The other day a guy came to my door trying to sell me some pest care for the outside of our house. I had Iris on my hip. He seemed nice. He told me his wife is 9 weeks pregnant. He showed me the ultrasound photo on his phone. He was so cute and excited about his first baby! So I gave him my business card. I told him how wonderful doulas are. I told him the advantages of having a doula. I told him how doulas are different from partners.
I didn't buy the pest service. He never called me. But he still might! Heh! A girl can hope.
I have had to put doula-ing on the back burner since I gave birth to my fourth child. But If I can find a client here or there, yay! They are always welcome!
My first three clients were all through my craft group. One was the son of a member' s partner. The other two were actual members of my craft group. My fourth was from my playgroup. I have another potential client I met last week through playgroup also.
Another thing I want to do is go leave my business cards around the town. At the Y, at coffee shops, at play places and maybe the grocery store. I have been kind of shy about it. Doulas cannot be shy! I need to advertise.
So far I advertise in my playgroup where there are LOADS of pregnant women. And on doulamatch, of course.
If you are a doula - what interesting ways have you gotten clients? Was it a positive? I'd love to read your comment.