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writerterri
08-21-2007, 08:20 AM
What do you think? Might it work or should I put in that application?

I thought I would make a bunch of flyers and put them in doctors offices and hospitals.



NAFDA
Nesting And First Days Assistant




Having a baby and need a gentle assistant in those last/first days?

10 years experience and personal references. Back ground check acceptable. The last days of a pregnancy can be trying and so can the first days you bring baby home. If you have a need, I can assist you. Iím gentle, caring and honest. Call me to make an appointment to meet. 45.00 per 5 hour day or 10.00 an hourTerri 473-****

I can help you, get ready for baby


Set up nursery
Clean/organize existing nursery
Last minute shopping for you/baby
Pack for hospital, you/babyGet some last minute, light cleaning done

Run Errands (in your car)

Take you/baby to a doctorís appointment (before and after delivery), help with siblings
General errands Assist in labor and delivery


Emotional support and being there for you
Coaching you and dad through the moments of deliveryHelp you through those first days baby comes home


Teaching and assisting you with baby (breast feeding, swaddling bathing etc.)
Helping with multiples
Let you take a shower or get some time alone.
Helping you and baby relax and enjoy this time of bonding
Assisting you with tasks through postpartum depression
Iíll be your emotional sounding board when you need someone to be there.

Give me your honest thoughts.

SpookyWriter
08-21-2007, 08:24 AM
Might I suggest you reconsider the wording here. Are you prepared to watch them procreate? Or during birth?



Having a baby and need a gentle assistant in those last/first days?

Azraelsbane
08-21-2007, 08:26 AM
I'm not sure if it'll work, but I think this type of thing is a great idea. With postpartum depression and stuff, having someone there for support (especially after the birth) can be an awesome asset. I hope it works out for you, but you better be ready for a tough job.

And I'm with spooky on the wording of the first part...though when I read it my first thought was last/first? Does she do Hospice and births? Which...would be even worse ;)

writerterri
08-21-2007, 08:27 AM
Might I suggest you reconsider the wording here. Are you prepared to watch them procreate? Or during birth?


Not during conception, dork!

SpookyWriter
08-21-2007, 08:28 AM
Not during conception, dork!So you'll be there for the after birth?

JoNightshade
08-21-2007, 08:29 AM
I think it's a great idea, and if you are living in an affluent area like mine you'd get plenty of takers. I'd spread the word through friends as well.

writerterri
08-21-2007, 08:30 AM
I'm not sure if it'll work, but I think this type of thing is a great idea. With postpartum depression and stuff, having someone there for support (especially after the birth) can be an awesome asset. I hope it works out for you, but you better be ready for a tough job.

And I'm with spooky on the wording of the first part...though when I read it my first thought was last/first? Does she do Hospice and births? Which...would be even worse ;)


Oh, okay.

Having a baby and need a gentle assistant in those last days of pregnancy and first days of birth?

How's that?

writerterri
08-21-2007, 08:31 AM
So you'll be there for the after birth?



With fork in hand!

writerterri
08-21-2007, 08:32 AM
I think it's a great idea, and if you are living in an affluent area like mine you'd get plenty of takers. I'd spread the word through friends as well.


Thanks! I live in Northern Nevada, Reno. It's sort of a small town but I have to start somewhere.

SpookyWriter
08-21-2007, 08:36 AM
With fork in hand!
Hey, don't give me any more ideas tonight. I already got my plate full of short stories to write. :D

Susie
08-21-2007, 09:08 AM
That's a great idea, Terri and very original. Sure hope you get a super job from it. Don't rush it though, w. your surgery just over, k.

akiwiguy
08-21-2007, 09:42 AM
Actually Terri, this is a rather non-dorky idea!

I think another great place to distribute fliers etc would be antenatal classes. Better still if you had an arrangement with a provider of such courses to be given a chance to briefly introduce yourself and your services at some point during each course. From memory the course we attended was largely made up of quite affluent people with the exception of yours truly.

SpookyWriter
08-21-2007, 10:02 AM
Actually Terri, this is a rather non-dorky idea!

I think another great place to distribute fliers etc would be antenatal classes. Better still if you had an arrangement with a provider of such courses to be given a chance to briefly introduce yourself and your services at some point during each course. From memory the course we attended was largely made up of quite affluent people with the exception of yours truly.She lives in Reno, Nevada. Her choices are casinos or IHOP. :D

Tracy
08-21-2007, 01:00 PM
And this is an easier option than getting a job????

If I were you I'd itemise some of your experience/qualifications. These people would be inviting a stranger into their house at a very personal and vulnerable time, so need to know a bit more about you before even ringing, I think.

I think it's a terrific idea. Women used to have mothers/sisters/aunts etc to provide this help for them, but in our nuclear families we don't have them now; this would provide a good alternative.

Good luck with it.

aadams73
08-21-2007, 01:22 PM
I think this is a really fabulous idea, and I believe you'd excel at it!

Best of luck!

tjwriter
08-21-2007, 02:34 PM
Oh, okay.

Having a baby and need a gentle assistant in those last days of pregnancy and first days of birth?

How's that?


I'd shoot for last days of pregnancy and first days after birth. Seeing how birth is an event and usually doesn't last days...

Anywho, great idea. My mom was able to come over and do just this type of thing right after Piper was born. She'd help with the house cleaning and give me a break when I needed it. It was the best thing ever and took the pressure off, especially since the hubs worked nights at the time.

One other thought: I would break the rates and your name & number out in their own paragraph(s) so that they are easier to spy.

Good luck!

dahmnait
08-21-2007, 04:41 PM
I agree with breaking the rates out. I am also not sure you want to put the experience and background check information as the first line. You want to bring them in first, and then give them that information. Perhaps you can place it after your first line of, “The last days of a pregnancy...", if you want it on the top of the page. Otherwise, you might want to break it out into its own section of experience and security. If you take the second route, you can break out a few items about your experience. And perhaps you can break your rates out there too.

When I read this, I immediately thought of how wonderful this would be for younger mothers. At the very least, the idea of getting training in how to care for their baby. Does your area have any programs that support young and/or teen mothers? If so, there is another option for marketing. You may not get as much business from them, a couple of hours here and there, but it may be a good way to get word of mouth marketing as well as those few hours.

I love the idea. Good luck!


ETA: As for whether or not it will work, when you can, talk to the nurses at the hospitals and the doctor offices. I would think that they would be one of the best resources about whether or not the need is there. I can't think of where else you can gather market information, but if I do, I will put it out here. :)

The_Grand_Duchess
08-21-2007, 07:15 PM
I think its an awesome idea! After having two kids back to back I could have went for some help around the house and with the kids. Whcih I didn't have. Which is a diffrent story.

Anyway, I think this is great idea!

Stew21
08-21-2007, 07:19 PM
A personal assistant for women who are emotional wrecks, who can't see their feet to tie their shoes and have trouble getting around and doing the littest tasks.
Absolutely a great idea!

PattiTheWicked
08-21-2007, 07:32 PM
Fantastic idea. When the twins were born, I was fortunate in that I had family to help out. Not everyone is that lucky.

Terri, this is great.

writerterri
08-21-2007, 10:32 PM
Actually Terri, this is a rather non-dorky idea!

I think another great place to distribute fliers etc would be antenatal classes. Better still if you had an arrangement with a provider of such courses to be given a chance to briefly introduce yourself and your services at some point during each course. From memory the course we attended was largely made up of quite affluent people with the exception of yours truly.


That is a great idea! I'll add that to my list of places.

thanks dork!

TrainofThought
08-21-2007, 10:56 PM
This is a good idea, Terri, although keep the risks in mind. Being in a stranger’s home leaves you vulnerable to accusations regarding broken/stolen items, etc. Also, you don’t know these people like they don’t know you, so entering these houses is a risk. Have some sort of a plan, such as interviewing them with a friend, husband, etc.

Sorry to be a downer, but nowadays it is risky going into a stranger’s home.

writerterri
08-21-2007, 11:33 PM
I agree with breaking the rates out. I am also not sure you want to put the experience and background check information as the first line. You want to bring them in first, and then give them that information. Perhaps you can place it after your first line of, ďThe last days of a pregnancy...", if you want it on the top of the page. Otherwise, you might want to break it out into its own section of experience and security. If you take the second route, you can break out a few items about your experience. And perhaps you can break your rates out there too.

When I read this, I immediately thought of how wonderful this would be for younger mothers. At the very least, the idea of getting training in how to care for their baby. Does your area have any programs that support young and/or teen mothers? If so, there is another option for marketing. You may not get as much business from them, a couple of hours here and there, but it may be a good way to get word of mouth marketing as well as those few hours.

I love the idea. Good luck!


ETA: As for whether or not it will work, when you can, talk to the nurses at the hospitals and the doctor offices. I would think that they would be one of the best resources about whether or not the need is there. I can't think of where else you can gather market information, but if I do, I will put it out here. :)


Good idea. I think my plan is to get a job, since it's only part time, and do some market research and get some doctors and nurses to endorse me. I don't want to show up as a stranger wanting to take care of pregnant mothers and their babies. I don't want to come off as a possible baby abductor. Perhaps I could work under a mid wife a few times and get a good reference like that.

I'll start out slowly.

I also thought I would put up a flier at my church to start out with and get a local reference.

Alright, you guys talked me into it!

Anyone who wants a copy of this flier and wants to start a chapter where you live, pm me and I'll send it in an attachment and you can suit it to your needs. Just please use the name so we can network off each other.

K, dork?

We'er women (or men) helping women. I didn't have help when I had children. I did it alone while my husband had to work. We need to put a sense of community back into our communities. Or we could cater to the elete and make it look trendy. Just saying.

I feel a mission statment coming on. :D

writerterri
08-21-2007, 11:44 PM
This is a good idea, Terri, although keep the risks in mind. Being in a strangerís home leaves you vulnerable to accusations regarding broken/stolen items, etc. Also, you donít know these people like they donít know you, so entering these houses is a risk. Have some sort of a plan, such as interviewing them with a friend, husband, etc.

Sorry to be a downer, but nowadays it is risky going into a strangerís home.

No, you're not a downer. It's the times we live in.


I thought of that already. I suggested in the flier we meet first and go over the plan together. I will state in the meeting that I'm an assistant, which means I'm not alone at the house.

dahmnait
08-21-2007, 11:53 PM
A thought, check into insurance and bonding. Perhaps these are not things you can do now, but you'll want to look into them. :D (Although the insurance might be a must in these times.)

writerterri
08-22-2007, 12:02 AM
A thought, check into insurance and bonding. Perhaps these are not things you can do now, but you'll want to look into them. :D (Although the insurance might be a must in these times.)


I'll look into that as well. Thanks!

Oberon
08-22-2007, 12:03 AM
Great idea. As for possible problems, workmen/contractors, etc. are bonded and insured. My wife recently interviewed possible caretakers for her mother. She asked each applicant if they were bonded, or could be bonded. She asked for their driver's licenses, to check on arrests or other violations, proof of auto insurance (they would be driving her mother), and references. I don't know about Nevada, but I think you can get some kind of report from the police or DMV. I don't know what the formalities are in getting bonded. I was once a contractor in Oregon. All I needed was liability insurance and I was bonded. I think any kind of documentation you can gather would be helpful. Character references from doctors, ministers, people you have worked for, positions of trust. Show that you're prepared to ease their fears.

writerterri
08-22-2007, 12:16 AM
Great idea. As for possible problems, workmen/contractors, etc. are bonded and insured. My wife recently interviewed possible caretakers for her mother. She asked each applicant if they were bonded, or could be bonded. She asked for their driver's licenses, to check on arrests or other violations, proof of auto insurance (they would be driving her mother), and references. I don't know about Nevada, but I think you can get some kind of report from the police or DMV. I don't know what the formalities are in getting bonded. I was once a contractor in Oregon. All I needed was liability insurance and I was bonded. I think any kind of documentation you can gather would be helpful. Character references from doctors, ministers, people you have worked for, positions of trust. Show that you're prepared to ease their fears.

That's what I want to aim for (easing fears).


How do I go about being bonded?

Would I need insurance since I'm a free lance care taker being hired to do work in someone's home that doesn't require a contractors license? It's only cleaning and assisting. I would think I'd only need to be bonded.


Perhaps a license and bonding are in order. How much is that going to cost!?

dahmnait
08-22-2007, 12:21 AM
A couple of links:

http://www.business.com/directory/financial_services/insurance/consulting_services/bonding/

http://www.sharpinsurance.com/

http://www.theattorneystore.com/legal/professional/insurance/bonding.php

Mostly insurance companies, or lists of companies, but it is a place to start.

zahra
08-22-2007, 02:06 AM
This sounds far too much like hard work:D!

Very good, very useful, very nice idea - but make no mistake, this here's 'getting a job'!

Seriously, though, I believe it has a good chance of working. Good luck.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-22-2007, 02:24 AM
A thought, check into insurance and bonding. Perhaps these are not things you can do now, but you'll want to look into them. :D (Although the insurance might be a must in these times.)


That's what I want to aim for (easing fears).


How do I go about being bonded?

Would I need insurance since I'm a free lance care taker being hired to do work in someone's home that doesn't require a contractors license? It's only cleaning and assisting. I would think I'd only need to be bonded.


Perhaps a license and bonding are in order. How much is that going to cost!?

You definitely need some kind of liability coverage. A million dollars, if you can possibly afford it. If you're going to be 'training, assisting, supporting' - if you TOUCH any one in the family, especially in the US with all its litigious citizens, you'd be risking everything going in without some kind of liability coverage. Bonding won't cover that. Bonding protects THEM. Liability coverage protects you, your assets and your future earnings.

Niteowl
08-22-2007, 02:33 AM
This sounds remarkably like a doula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doula). But good on you for looking for a niche to work in :)

Petroglyph
08-22-2007, 03:40 AM
Being a doula is hard work. Training and all that. Being on call and all that entails. You may want to consider labeling yourself a "postpartum doula" and focus on that piece. Look at some of the websites and guidelines set up by postpartum doulas, what they do (and don't do) and go from there.

Liability may be a concern, but if you are upfront in your contract about training and expectations, you should be fine.

Market your services as a great baby shower/new mom gift. People can pay in advance for your care.

Good luck!

writerterri
08-22-2007, 04:33 AM
I kinda don't want to be a doula. I'm not able to be on call. I can assist in labor and delivery only if the mom finds herself alone for whatever reason.

I could look into being a pp doula but with the added twist of being the mom's assistant in getting ready for baby and assisting a first time mom.

I'm pushing for being separate from a doula in that I do what your relatives would do for you or your mom but for hire.


edit: I just looked at postpartum doula and it sounds like what I want to do. I can also throw in the "before baby" comes stuff as well.