End-of-life care for children—September 2020 Newsletter

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Birth & Postpartum Doulas
September 2020 Newsletter
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Great Opportunity to Become a DONA-Certified Postpartum Doula (without traveling)!
babywearingLearn how to create a cocoon of rest, healing and support for the new mother. Encourage breastfeeding moms to overcome challenges and grow in confidence. Help care for newborns and their siblings and relieve the sleep-deprived, overwhelmed parents of newborn twins. And ease the pain of that mom who is struggling emotionally in the early weeks of her baby’s life.

Join our LIVE ONLINE DONA International Postpartum Doula Workshop with Patty Brennan on September 17-20. For this training only, the Early Bird price of $585 will not expire (Save $55). Discounts available for Canadian attendees (email patty@lifespandoulas.com).

Guiding families through the loss of an infant
perinatal lossThis is an interesting interview with a neonatal palliative care specialist, Dr. Bryan Carter. Early on in his pediatric career, Dr. Carter became involved with bioethics committees that were seeking to improve the end-of-life experience for patients and their families. As a trained neonatologist, he realized there was a gap in this conversation and asked himself, “If we can improve decision support and end-of-life care for adults, can’t we do that for kids?”Maybe more doula business owners could do this?
Thanks to the efforts of Gold Coast Doulas, a west Michigan company has added doula services to their employee benefits package. I love that these doulas are not waiting around for someone else to take action! Read more.

doula business guide workbookNeed some help getting over the hump?
It’s not easy to start up a new business. It takes determination and persistence and, quite likely, learning some new skills. Join me on Saturday, September 12, for a virtual Doula Business Development Workshop. We take the daunting and make it feel doable. All participants will receive a copy of The Doula Business Guide Workbook. Not just for beginners; all doula business owners can benefit from this class

.aviva rommHarvest Recipe & More
Aviva Romm is an herbalist, author, OB/GYN physician and former homebirth midwife with a passion for using food as medicine. She is a reliable source of evidence-based information on the safe use of herbs for pregnant and lactating women. Corn-kale-sweet potato-black bean salad. Yum! Sign up for her free newsletter for more like this.

the midwife matrixMichigan midwife & author, Geradine Simkins, releases her new book …
The Midwife Matrix, Reclaiming Our Bodies, Our Work, Our Lives describes a model that promotes a fundamentally different approach to maternity care than contemporary obstetrics. The matrix highlights 12 interconnected qualities rooted in a traditional healing system that is holistic, nature-based and women-led. The book is part memoir, part scholarly treatise and part cultural narrative. Congratulations Geradine!

Live Online (ZOOM) Fall Trainings with Patty Brennan
DONA Birth Doula WorkshopsOctober 9-11December 4-6DONA Postpartum Doula WorkshopSeptember 17-20 (Early Bird price extended)November 12-15Doula Business Development WorkshopSeptember 12December 12End-of-Life Doula Training (Get started immediately with our self-paced online modules followed by the live online workshop.)October 24 & 25See our Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package and save money if you are interested in both birth and postpartum doula training.

Top 5 Questions about Becoming a DoulaDo you have questions about becoming a doula?
We have answers! Join Patty Brennan for a live FREE webinar on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30pm (EST). Pre-registration is required. Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula.

Are you wanting to be a stronger support for breastfeeding families? Only 3 spots left!
breastfeeding mom babyIncrease your knowledge to help clients meet their breastfeeding goals. Barbara Robertson, MA IBCLC of the Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor is offering a great online training opportunity that may be of interest to you. Earn your CCLS (Clinical and Communication Lactation Specialist) with Barbara’s top-rated, comprehensive 90-hour breastfeeding course (approved for l-cerps).

Special Offer for Doulas Only! 
Barbara is offering an extension of the Early Bird registration price (Save $200) on her September 25-27 and 
November 6-8 training (24 hours of pre-work required for each weekend) until September 11th. Because we love doulas so much, just enter “DOULA10” for the coupon code for another $100 discount! Payments plans available (email barbara@bfcaa.com). This hybrid course (part self-paced online and part live online) is a great value for those of you seeking more training in breastfeeding support.

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 approximately 2,500 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.