I can't get hired. Its not for lack of advertising my services, its lack of experience. Even if women say they want a doula in training for a low fee, they still don't want one who hasn't been to any births. Its like when you want to apply to be a waitress, and they say you need waitress experience first, and you think "well how do I get the waitress experience to be a waitress if I can't get a job as a waitress?!"
I've contacted at least 5 moms by e-mail, even talked to one on the phone, not including the teen mom that I met with, and they like me until I tell them I haven't yet been to a birth. Then they either completely stop responding to emails or they tell me they've decided to go with a more experienced doula. sigh.
So I sent in an application for the Operation Special Delivery program which takes trained volunteer doulas to provide free doula services for military families and pregnant women whose partners are injured, deceased or deployed. I also called a local hospital that has a doula program, which I had been putting off doula because I had only heard bad things about this hospital (for moms and for doulas, they docs and staff are just not doula/birth alternative friendly aka medical model only). Turns out they don't take you until you've had 3 births anyway, so that's no help to me.
Feeling down about all this.
On a different note, check this out: Cover Me Chic: Designer Hospital Gowns
And this birth story, which she splits into a few parts: Baby Dickey Birth Story