December 31, 2014
For most doulas, securing a backup is one of the essential tasks in starting a doula business. While calling in your backup is usually not a common occurrence, all doulas will eventually have a need for a backup. Backups are called in for different reasons such as having two clients are in labor at once, a client with premature labor when the doula is unavailable and when the doula is sick or injured.
Selecting a backupHere are some things to consider when you are choosing a backup doula:
Paying A Backup
Things to consider when determining payment include:
Defining the Relationship
Setting the terms of the backup relationship are critical and often skipped by many doulas. It is important that the doula knows the time period for which they are on call. The doula should confirm that they are available and ready for a call at any time of the day and night. Do you know how soon will they return your call? The payment terms should be clear and upfront as well.
The Backup Doula Contract
For peace of mind and protection for your business I strongly recommend having a backup doula service agreement or contract. The contract should define the relationship and payment details. It will get you and your backup on the same page and make sure that there aren't any areas in question.
We have created a backup doula service agreement available for immediate purchase and download. It has blanks that can be easily filled it to meet your business needs. More information can be found here.
What are your experiences?
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