I am considering training as a birth and beyond practitioner through the NCT's new courses linked with the Uni of Worcester. I have a BSc in IT already and used to work in the IT industry. I have been a mum at home for nearly 16 years and really fancy the course as I had three very different birth experiences and feel strongly about educating women about birth.
But here's the problem, It costs over £7000 a year and is a 2 year course. Although we are not broke, we don't have £14K to spare. Will it be worth it?
Does anyone have experience of having done a similar course and gone on to make a good living? Did the actual being a practitioner fit in with family life at all?
I am very keen, but need to be able to sell this idea to DH!!!
There are some old threads on being an NCT antenatal teacher around, if you search.
Courses tend to be evenings and weekends, I think. I am not sure if it would offer a regular stream of work - might be a bit start-stop. The exception would be if NCT have a contract to provide antenatal services in your local area.
Some alternative ideas for you:
Training as a doula Breastfeeding peer-supporter Midwifery Being a HCA on a maternity ward Health visiting