True or false? “A doula is an advocate for the birthing family.” Trick question! The truth is that while a doula can advocate for birthing families in general, advocacy has no place in the birthing room with an individual family. When you are supporting a mom in labor, you need to ensure that your voice […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I’ve owned my own business since 1997, and over the years I’ve learned many things. I’ll share 5 really important ones here: 1. You can’t care for others if you don’t care for yourself. One of the hardest births I ever did came at the end of a VERY long day. I’d hiked 7 miles, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It’s interesting to me the way that there has come to be a divide in the doula profession. There are those who view their work as a doula business, and those who are horrified at the idea of doula work as a business. I recently read this short article on hospital work that has inspired […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I started as a doula back in 1999, there were no apprenticeships, no mentoring programs, no business direction for new doulas. After a quick 3 day training it was pretty much sink or swim. Thankfully, I swam. But it was a hard crawl to get to the point where I felt I was established. […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.