Career Options, Part 2

The last time I was on unemployment, I didn’t own a car. Last summer, shortly after I got hired at my last job, my 92 year old grandmother fell ill, and could no longer drive. I came into her car. I pay for the car insurance and gas. Recently, I was stiffed with a $276 bill to replace the brake pads and rotors. Ouch! Even though I make $55 more a week than I did the last time I was on unemployment, a lot of it gets eaten up by the car and other regular expenses, like my credit card bill. In order for me to do certain goals, I may need to go back to work sooner rather than later.

I’ve been looking for ways to make some money either to 1.) extend unemployment or 2.) Get off unemployment completely. I’ve been looking for work as required of my unemployment, but I fear that I’ll have to do another customer service job. I would like a job where I can make more money and is more fulfilling for me personally. I’d like to do Administrative Assistant work, and I’ve even had interviews for this position. I know I’m capable of handling the job, but I wonder if people are willing to take a chance on me in this economy. So I’m starting to look at other options. I’m going to post the options I’ve been exploring as installments, so that you, the reader, won’t get bored. First option after the jump.

Career Options: Doula

Three weeks after I was laid off from my job, my cousin Jennifer was run over and killed by a snowplow, and left behind three children under five. This, coupled with the realization that, reaching 30, I’m more than halfway through my childbearing years, inspired me to explore motherhood. I was inspired to learn more about this occupation after reading about it in Tanya Donnelly’s Wikipedia entry–Donnelly works as a postpartum doula when she’s not touring. (I briefly looked into midwifery, but I abandoned that when I realized that it’s not a job, it’s a calling.) Also, reaching 30, I have friends who are having children, and want to be of service them.

A doula basically provides emotional and physical support to a mother just prior to, during, and after birth. A doula can educate the mother on birthing options, or engage in breathing exercises with the mother during labor. To learn more about Doula/Midwifery care, I read The Doula Book, which provides a layperson’s overview of what a doula does, and Elizabeth Davis’ Heart and Hands. I also watched the Ricki Lake-produced documentary The Business of Being Born (worth watching even if you’re not interested in midwifery), as well as another documentary, Orgasmic Birth, and I’ve posted the trailers for both films below:

While I emerged newly educated on different types of birthing options, the verdict is still out on entering doula training at this time. With still trying to establish a film/writing career, I’m not sure If I want to have a day job where I’m reminded of my ever-ticking biological clock. But as a “hipster” at 30, I have to admit that the idea of an “alternative” career as a doula is kind of appealing.

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One Response to “Career Options, Part 2”

  1. A Refresher Course In Miracles « Questions? Comments? Concerns??? Says:

    […] ways to make money, and it’s been stressing me out. I’m not sure if training to be a doula, a yoga teacher, or a script consultant is in the cards for me right now. It’s better for me […]

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