The Power of Hormones in Labor and Birth—February Newsletter

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Birth & Postpartum Doulas
February 2021 Newsletter
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The power of hormones ~ A cat nurses ducklings
This mama cat had just given birth to her kittens. These ducklings went foraging for a food source and found her. Cat nurses Ducklings (if the video fails to load, just go to YouTube and enter the title).

Happy Valentines Day! The hormones that govern the processes of labor, birth and breastfeeding possess a delicate synergy, referred to by the famous French obstetrician and author, Michel Odent as a “love cocktail.” Fear, trauma and anxiety inhibit these hormones. Doulas help to keep these stressors at bay in labor so that the body can do its thing. Dr. Sarah Buckley’s Hormonal Physiology of Childbearing report summarizes all the science.Doula agency is looking for doulas
Ann Arbor Doulas is Hiring! We are looking for full time birth and postpartum doulas to join our agency. You must be willing to travel to Macomb and Oakland counties, as well as most of Metro Detroit. If you are interested, please send your resume along with any questions to Stephanie: next DONA International Birth Doula Workshop will be offered April 16-18We have two upcoming DONA International Postpartum Doula Workshops,  on March 4-7 andApril 29-May 2Breastfeeding Basics for Doulas is a 3-hour class that fulfills a certification requirement for birth doulas. It will be offered April 13 (Tuesday 6-9:15pm).Doula Business Development Workshop is a one-day training designed to get you started on your path. It is being offered on March 27 and June 19.Plus, check out the discounted training package that puts it all together–the Doula Business Builder Deluxe Training Package (for $1147 or $1200 on a payment plan). Favorite Resources & Blogs
Elizabeth Pantley, author of the No-Cry Solution book series, offers a number of helpful PDF handouts for parents. Great resource for doulas to share with clients!

Joanne Lindburg is the owner of BirthLink in the Chicago area. Check out her blog and online Directory of holistic service providers in the area.

Amy Wright Glenn, author of Birth, Breath and Death, offers blogs and webinars on topics not easily found elsewhere, including Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss, Educator Self-Care and Compassion, and more.
  Postpartum Doula Scam?
What does your gut say? A doula recently reached out to me with this message: “I received an email from a man who claims his partner is on bedrest and they are in need of help, hopefully immediately, for in-home support and errands to get ready for the baby.” Other details included the man being out of town, $800 per week in pay for the doula, and not wanting to meet in person or sign a contract up front. The doula worried that she was being scammed to do shopping and deliver the baby items and groceries with the promise of being reimbursed when he gets back to town next week. Any red flags here? You bet! Don’t ever front money for anyone promising reimbursement.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, March 11 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?What about liability for doulas? Will you need insurance?Join us and get your questions answered.

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.