Note: This blog post is a radical departure from my typical posts about website strategy, tips & tricks. As The Website Doula, I’ve always maintained a close relationship with my client base. We talk about your websites, yes, but we also talk about life, family, what’s important to you. This topic is very, very important…

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One of the things I love about working with birth and postpartum professionals as a web designer is hearing how each of you came to this path. Perhaps it was your own birth experience, supporting a friend in birth, reading Ina May Gaskin, or a purely chance encounter that lead you down this path. It…

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I have never been a coffee drinker. As a child, I hated the smell and would go to the opposite end of the kitchen to avoid the smells wafting from my parents’ mugs. As an adult, I ADORE the smell, and have even come to love the taste – maybe once a month. Living in…

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The Website Doula in Costa Rica

Last week I put out an anonymous questionnaire inviting you to ask me just about any personal or website related question with the goal of opening up a new level of conversation in 2017. You all responded with a host of great business questions & a few tasty personal ones, and now I have pleasure…

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avoiding doula burnout

I know a lovely, skilled, dynamic, and incredibly inspired doula & childbirth educator who has been at risk for doula burnout. Let’s call her Betsy. She does absolutely incredible things in her community, creating innovative offerings that have established her as a respected expert. She’s one of those people that wakes up with an idea,…

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Happy almost new year! I thought I’d welcome 2017 by inviting you to ask me questions related to business or website strategy – this is your chance to truly treat me as your “doula”. Consider this an open door to my office! I’ll be answering your questions in future blog posts. What do you want…

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Poetry Lucille Clifton Song of Mary

As a devoted birth professional, I’ve always felt a fascination with Mary’s side of the story as we approach Christmas. As a young woman I discovered a series of five Mary poems by powerful poet Lucille Clifton. From Mary’s childhood with a future already written, to her experience of conception, birth, and motherhood, these poems…

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As a website designer I have endless opportunities to share passwords with clients. New website login information, mailchimp logins, email passwords – I spend an unusual amount of time each week verifying passwords. As you know, a quality password should involve a blend of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Now, when are talking…

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doula interviewing

I’m not sure there are any jobs in the world that require quite this much interviewing to make a living…  Remember back when you had a “normal” job?  Once you nailed the hiring interview, that was it… you had a job.  Now you get to go through the interview & hiring process several times each…

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Happy International Day of the Midwife everyone! My 26 years in the birth world been quite a journey, and the incredible work of midwifery is a core part of who I am today. Given how many doulas and childbirth educators I meet who dream of “one day” becoming a midwife, I thought I’d take a…

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Featured guest interview with doula Jodi green

I am happy to share with you all today’s feature interview with Jodi Green, a seasoned doula with over 14 years of experience supporting families and a true leader in the birth community. Based in New Jersey, she supports east coast families with of a range services that include childbirth preparation, birth and postpartum doula…

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Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day and I find myself feeling a bit shaken by the many posts from friends in the birth world on this topic.  We lost our third child in 2006 around 18 weeks of pregnancy.  Our personal journey of pregnancy loss has shaped my own personal path as a…

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