Category Archives: Personal Musings

  • Doulas and Advocacy

    Posted on September 14, 2015 by AndreaAdmin in Personal Musings.

    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 […]

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  • 5 Lessons I’ve Learned in the Doula Business

    Posted on February 6, 2015 by AndreaAdmin in Personal Musings.

    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, […]

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  • Is “doula businesswoman” an oxymoron?

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by AndreaAdmin in Personal Musings.

    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 […]

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  • A dream of mine

    Posted on November 10, 2014 by AndreaAdmin in Personal Musings.

    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. […]

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