Guidance in how to implement your doula business vision—December Newsletter

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Birth & Postpartum Doulas
December 2020 Newsletter
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2020 is nearly over.
winter sceneNot too many of us will shed tears over that reality, I’m guessing. The media are telling us that we are heading into a “dark few months of winter.” Fear levels are high and, I might add, being hyped. In challenging times, each of us needs a mental health plan involving daily practices that keep us sane. For me, these include focusing on things I am grateful for, getting out of the house for fresh air, connecting with others, tuning out the News for a break, moving my body. I’ve noticed that the days when I neglect these practices tend to correlate with my bad mental health days.

It’s a great time to study, to learn, to work on developing your dream doula business. This too shall pass. The question is, “Where do you want to be on the other side?” Let’s focus on what we CAN do, rather than giving way to defeat by focusing on the ways we are limited. See the many opportunities we have to help get you through the looming winter months and position yourself to achieve your goals. Henry Ford once said, “One woman thinks she can and one thinks she can’t. They’re both right.” (Actually, Ford only spoke of men, but the idea is right on, so I took the liberty of changing it.)Finding a path to success or making excuses to not act is a choice.
Doula Businss Guide WorkbookOn Saturday, December 12, join me online for a highly interactive, inspiring and fun Doula Business Development Workshop. I guarantee you will leave this workshop with the tools and encouragement needed to begin implementing your vision. Registration includes a copy of The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Practice. Topics include:Cultivating abundanceEstablishing your valueMarketing on a budget ~ How to grow your businessSetting goals and other implementation strategiesManaging your time ~ How to fit it all inSeasoned doulas who are seeking to grow their existing practices will also benefit from this class!The governing role of hormones
Sarah Buckley is a physician who has studied and written about the Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing. In her summary report on the subject, she provides scientific evidence and detail about the hormonal processes in pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum, including the impacts of common maternity-care interventions on these systems. Onecritical finding from the report is the important role hormones play in bonding and attachment. Sign up for Sarah’s blog and check out her website.
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, January 7 at 7:30pm (EST). Pre-registration is required. Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula.
Our monthly webinars are an easy way to discern whether doula work is right for you. Can you make a living at it? Is certification required to become a doula? Should you focus solely on birth or postpartum work or do both? Do you have the qualifications to become a doula? Join us and get your questions answered.Do you have a passion for supporting breastfeeding families?
Enhance your skills with Barbara Robertson’s 90-hour Clinical Communication Lactation Specialist training and earn the CCLS credential. Perhaps you are interested in learning how to become an IBCLC? Join Barbara on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm EST for an informational Zoom meeting and get your questions answered (email for access).

Special Offer for Doulas! Register by the early bird deadline of December 31st and use the coupon code “Doula10” to save $300. Payment plans available. Finally, be sure to check out everything Barbara is offering for both families and professionals, at The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor.

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.