Five jobs for women with babies on the brain
Labor and Delivery Nurse
The basics "I care for women during all stages of labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period—essentially anything related to pregnancy that requires a trip to the maternity ward," says Jeanne Faulkner, 46, a labor and delivery nurse in Portland, Ore., and a mom of five. "If you can, work part time or on call so you have more control over your hours," Faulkner adds. Nurses typically make $25 to $40 per hour. Education prerequisites include a B.S. or A.S. degree in nursing.
Contact Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses; awhonn.org; 800-673-8499.
Lactation Consultant (LC)
The basics You might find yourself teaching a breastfeeding class to expectant mothers, helping a newborn latch on properly to the breast or answering questions from a nursing mother who just returned to work. For Kelly Emery, I.B.C.L.C., 38, a lactation consultant in Grand Rapids, Mich., the job's most rewarding aspect is reassuring a mother that her breastfed baby is thriving. "When I hear the baby swallowing and can teach the mother how to recognize this sound, she is usually incredibly relieved and amazed," Emery says. "You can just see her shoulders relax."
Lactation consultants typically complete a combination of college-level courses and hands-on work before receiving certification. Most work is in a hospital or clinic setting, with pay ranging from $25 to $40 an hour.
Contact International Lactation Consult-ant Association; ilca.org; 919-861-5577.
Prenatal Fitness Instructor
The basics If you love working out, put your fitness skills to good use by leading prenatal aerobics, yoga or Pilates classes. "Yoga helped me get in touch with my body—and my baby—during pregnancy," says Michelle Hill, 38, a prenatal-yoga instructor in New York. "Now I teach it to other pregnant women," adds the mother of two, whose daily work schedule permits her to be home by noon. Pay generally ranges between $50 and $100 per class.
To obtain basic prenatal-fitness certification, you must complete independent course work and attend a training workshop. For certification in yoga or Pilates, you will need to attend specialty seminars in those areas.
Contact Aerobics & Fitness Association of America; afaa.com; 877-968-7263.