Second act entrepreneurship, a growing trend—March 2020 Newsletter

doula business guide

Mid-life is “Me Time.” Read about the growing trend of 2nd act entrepreneurship. Do you want to engage in meaningful work that nourishes rather than depletes you? Want to be of service to others AND earn income? Become a doula! 

March Newsletter for
Birth & Postpartum Doulas
View this email in your browser
BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULASEmpowered Mothers, Healthy Babies, Strong Families
butterflySecond-Act Dreams …
I have met a growing number of folks taking doula training who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of these folks (perhaps you?) are empty nesters and some are leaving careers that no longer feed their souls. A common theme is that now it is “Me Time.” They want to be of service to others AND earn income. Most importantly, they want to engage with meaningful work that nourishes rather than depletes. Second-act entrepreneurship is a certifiable trend, with 55-to-64-year-olds now accounting for 26% of new entrepreneurs, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Read more.doula business guide workbookAre doulas entrepreneurs?
Not necessarily. Some folks are interested in self-enrichment only, perhaps with the goal to help friends and family members. Others are on their way to a career in the medical field. And there are those who simply love all things birth and mama related and are discerning how to bring value to others and earn income at the same time. These goals are not mutually exclusive. Take your next step with my Doula Business Development Workshop on April 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All participants will receive a copy of The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Practice, 3rd Edition. Upcoming Events (Networking, Education, Business Promotion)
Infant Fair: It Takes a Village, on March 11, hosted by Providence Hospital and the Alternative Birthing Center in Southfield, Michigan. This is set up as a health fair. Doulas can become vendors or just go and check it out. Followed by a Meet the Midwives gathering.

Spinning Babies Workshop, April 25 in Livonia. I took this workshop with Tammy Ryan last summer. It was excellent and I learned so much! I can say without hesitation that this workshop will make you a better birth doula. And your mamas with posterior (or other mal-positioned) babies will thank you! Approved for 7 nursing ceus (works for DONA recertification).

Michigan Midwives Association Spring Conference ~ Safe Care for All Our ClientMichigan Midwives Association ConferenceIn the news, blogs …
Expanding Access to Doula Care: State of the Union. Many states are exploring strategies for expanding access to doula care. This is good news, but there is also concern, especially when legislation is proposed without input from doulas. It behooves all doulas to stay abreast of any developments and let their voices be heard.

Cannabis Use During Pregnancy. The effects of Cannabis use during pregnancy are only now beginning to be understood. According to a new study, exposure leads to lower birth weight and decreased brain growth in the unborn.surveyCan you help?
A local doula–spurred by a surprising lack of community awareness about postpartum doula care–is conducting research on the support postpartum doulas offer breastfeeding clients. The (anonymous) survey is intended to be shared with clients who are either currently breastfeeding or have breastfed within the last three years and received postpartum doula services during that time. Take the short survey.Do you have questions about becoming a Doula?
top 5 questions about becoming a doulaWe have answers! Join us March 3 (Tuesday, 7:30-8:30pm EST) for a free interactive webinar on the Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula. Can’t make it? Recordings of recent webinars are available online. Plus check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Join us! Pre-register for the webinar now to gain access.

Patty Brennan

Patty is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas. For 40 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained over 2,000 people to become doulas. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula, 3rd Edition.