This is coming up lots and just came up again in one of my yahoogroups. This url was mentioned and when I looked, I thought, "well, here we are again!"
I haven't ever seen it or this site before, thanks for sharing it.
I poked around and whomever this is charges to listen to birth stories (via email) and she deciphers things the woman doesn't understand, fills in holes, and helps her work through her experience. Via one email (I think).
I found it interesting on several fronts.
1. I have done this for free for YEARS and only very recently thought about charging. This woman charges $75 and responds within a week, then shreds the email (deletes). She then charges $25 if she is able to USE the story, identifying factors removed. Clever!
2. Is this therapy? Is there a way that perhaps this might be a replacement for someone getting help? When I talk with women, I am clear about my thoughts on the therapy front. Perhaps it wouldn't be a bad way for a woman to hear her own story and hear that she might want more help than an on-line midwife can offer.
3. I have been honing a service that I'm trying to find a name for. Something along the lines of a decompression session, but mixed with a mini-course in how to do cord care, nurse lying down, swaddle, a reality check on the normalcy of crying, etc.
4. As an added service that I already do charge for ($100), I go do newborn screens (PKUs) even on babies that weren't of my clients I've done that twice in the last couple of weeks. The state charges for the screen, too, so the client has to also supply me with an $83 check to pay for it. I am still trying to figure out which insurances will pay for NBS and which won't.
5. I get women's charts for them (and do not mind AT ALL!), but perhaps charging to decipher them for them via phone calls or emails is appropriate?
Perhaps I would be able to offer the service to others out on the Net that I don't regularly interact with. The average I spend with a first time decompression via phone with strangers is 90 minutes. The average time with an in-person decompression session is 2-2.5 hours. The NBS takes about 45 minutes (I don't just run in, poke, and run out... that wouldn't be right.)
I think that what I offer is different than a typical postpartum doula - tons of experience as midwife and doula who knows all birth settings very well and mother of 4 kids.
I feel like I am trying to sell myself (or you!) on it. The more I flesh it out, the more I like the idea.
Now, for a name.
Thanks for listening and any thoughts or input is appreciated.
(And I do understand that not everyone has money and deserves assistance/decompression, too. I give away 90% of my midwifery services, so can only imagine this would be the same.)
end of thoughts in that post, but surely not the end of figuring things out