Now I am really more understand about the nurses appearing defensive. One of them in particular just made me a go-fer for the hour she had my client as a patient. Not that I mind but her attitude was like "good, a doula! let's see how can we get her out of the room" :chuckle I'm just kidding, that probably wasn't her intention.
Anyways, I'm not being paid for any of these clients. I'm volunteering for now. My husband hates that, because sometimes I am gone long. I think I'll be asking for reimbursal for parking and childcare though. This last time I almost had to call a babysitter. It seems when I get the nurse alone, I tell her I'm a volunteer.. then their whole attitude changes!! They get nicer and tell me I am doing a wonderful job.
For those of you that suggested I make myself available to be called for people who come in with a lack of support.. I have called both of the hospitals in my area and told them I would do this. One L&D nurse said "Well, you can't do that.. whose insurance would you be under?" I just didn't argue, and hung up. Pretty sad that she thinks a doula needs insurance
Then the other one I called, I spoke to the mother/baby wellness center. That nurse was all happy and told me to drop off some cards/flyers.. but when I went to a birth there, and I told the nurse that since I was there and I wouldn't be leaving for a while, I could support another patient if she knew someone that would need it. She just kind of laughed me off and didn't even bother to check.
I read stuff put out by doulas that have been doing this for 10+ years.. and they all say to "volunteer at a hospital doing support shifts" but none of my hospitals have this, and everytime I call and ask if they have someone in L&D that would need the extra support.. they act like this is something that cannot be done and I am insane. Any suggestions?