Competition and Doulas

Competitors or Sisters? Competition and Birth Work

July 19, 2013

I’ve been thinking about competition and birth work a lot lately.  Between preparing for my DONA workshop Beyond Competition (2015), conversations on social media, and heartfelt conversations with coaching clients,  I am getting very different pictures about the nature of competition in birth work. Is there competition between doulas? midwives?…

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Rock your Birth Philosophy

July 19, 2013

What do you believe to be true about birth? We each come into birth work with our own set of assumptions, beliefs, and desires about birth work.  These have been shaped by a lifetime of cultural and family training around birth, our own birth experiences, books we’ve read and trainings…

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becoming a doula

Birthing Ourselves – My Path as a Doula & Childbirth Educator

July 15, 2013

Thanks to a powerful recent blog by a doula in England about her experience in a Birthing from Within workshop, I have found myself reflecting on my own path as a doula and childbirth educator.  Over the years I’ve done ICEA training, DONA Birth Doula Certification, and Birthing from Within…

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Marketing your Birth Practice Online

July 9, 2013

It begins with a simple conversation about the website for your doula practice. “Is having a website enough“, you ask? Well, yes… and no. We talk for a few more minutes, and you wonder about facebook… Then perhaps I mention the benefits of Google+. You then wonder about writing a…

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Raw Chocolate Truffles for Doulas

May 1, 2013

I believe in good food, and nourishing ourselves as birth professionals. Whether at your desk or in the wee hours at a birth, good food can make all the difference in helping you stay alert & focused. Here is one of my favorites – full of iron, calcium & protein…

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Do you need a new website for your birth practice?

April 26, 2013

With over ten years of self-employment as a birth professional, I’ve found that websites seem to go in a 2-3 year cycle.  I’m usually very happy with my website for a year or two, and then one day I wake up and want to change – NOW.  It is pretty…

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Birth Work meets Search Engine Optimization

April 24, 2013

I’m setting out to draw a parallel between birth work and good search engine optimization in this post – probably the first time this has ever been attempted. Quick Note: If you’re interested in learning more about SEO, be sure to sign up at the bottom of this post for…

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Labyrinth of a New Birth Business

April 23, 2013

I’ve been working with Labyrinth images for years in my Birthing from Within practice, thanks to the visionary work of Pam England (check out her book the Labyrinth of Birth!)  So it’s not surprising that I can relate the labyrinth to the experience of self-employment – much like I can…

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becoming a doula

The path to becoming a doula

May 22, 2012

One of the things I love about mentoring birth professionals is hearing how each of you came to this path. Perhaps it is your own birth experience, supporting a friend in birth, reading Ina May Gaskin, or a purely chance encounter that leads us down this path. It is not…

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holistic marketing for doulas

Holistic Marketing for Doulas

April 6, 2012

Marketing: The action or business of promoting and selling products or services. Blech. For most birth professionals and other holistic health practitioners, the traditional sales-oriented marketing techniques just don’t feel like the right match for our style and values. In addition, most of us don’t have a background in business…

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Top 5 Tips for a New Doula Business

March 7, 2012

I was delighted to write a guest blog for Doula Trainings International this week on being a business savvy doula, including tips for new doulas just starting their business.  While it was written to doulas, these ideas apply equally to any holistic health practitioner who is striving to cultivate her…

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