baby fair doula booth

Should I get a booth at the baby fair for my birth practice?

September 9, 2013

In a recent podcast I shared creative ideas to make sure your booth stands out from the crowd and helps you build your practice. I thought I’d continue the conversation here on the blog by exploring the foundation of a successful booth. You have to answer this question: Is this baby…

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balancing doula care and motherhood

Balancing Birth Work & Motherhood: 5 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

September 3, 2013

Today is the first day back at school for my two boys.  I’ve never been very good at the working & motherhood balance thing. I’m not sure it is even possible to be good at it.  At least if “good” is defined as somehow magically giving what we need to…

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how to take a doula holiday

How to take a doula holiday

August 3, 2013

***I first wrote this piece back in August 2013. Four years later and I am now enjoying a full month off my duties as the Website Doula. While I am no longer practicing as a birth doula, my work as the Website Doula still requires a high degree of devotion…

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No guilt allowed! Your birth business newsletter

July 30, 2013

A fantastic newsletter landed in my inbox the other day from This is a company that I am actually excited about following and look forward to the content she has to offer, which is actually pretty rare. I tend to be pretty strict around which companies I allow to…

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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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birth philosophy doula practice

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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online marketing for doulas

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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birth snacks for doulas

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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new doula website

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 seo analogy

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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new doula business

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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