Evolving a Doula Business ~ September Newsletter

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A framework for making the “daunting” doable

Evolving a Doula Business Workshop. Live Zoom workshop taught by Patty Brennan. September 18.

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What is this Doula Business workshop about? 

It is about YOU! Your strengths, your skills, your beliefs, your habits. It is about identifying areas for personal growth, skills to be acquired, where you feel “stuck,” and how to get un-stuck. How can you get from point A to point B when it feels like you are at the bottom of a mountain looking up? What supports do you need to put into place? What model of doula business is the best fit for you? Most new doulas have lots of heart, but not necessarily the skills or know-how required to create, launch, and grow a business. We can help. Registration includes a PDF download of The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Practice, 3rd Edition.

Help Wanted:
Are you a saavy social media person?

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Lifespan Doulas is looking for strategic guidance and technical assistance with our presence on social media. Because, you know what? Apparently becoming good at this is NEVER going to make it to the top of my To Do list (and that’s okay). As a business consultant/expert in my own right, let me model for you business owners out there the importance of knowing when you need help. To begin, I need help with Linkedin and Facebook. Later, probably Instagram. What value can you bring? Learn more about this opportunity.

Spotlight on Dementia

Our November Members Only Webinar will be on dementia at the end of life and the doula’s role as family educator and caregiver (see more below). In the meantime, here are a few resources for navigating the challenges that dementia presents for all of us.

There is no pattern: Dementia at the end of life, blog by Barbara Karnes. 
“Your job: love her, visit even if she doesn’t seem to know you, talk to her even if she doesn’t seem to understand. Use the time you have to bring some sunshine into her life in the manner that she can receive it.”
 Positive Approach to Care, with Teepa Snow. Website features a variety of resources for people suffering with dementia, as well as family members, friends, and professionals. Understanding the Changing Brain, written byTeepa Snow, explains why changes are happening in the brain and how our response to those changes can create distress or lead to more successful interactions. 

Namaste Care is a loving approach to caring for people, especially those with advanced dementia. It is offered in a variety of setting in many countries with the goal of providing quality of life until the end of life. The philosophy of care is presented in The End of Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, written by founder Joyce Simard.
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Do doulas need to be certified?

Up until COVID, my answer was always “no.” Read my latest blog for updates on the value of certification for doulas. What does it really mean? Learn more about the Lifespan Doulas certification process for birth, postpartum, and end-of-life doulas. We have pathways for current trainees (included in the cost of training!), past trainees, and for those who have trained elsewhere. If you are a trained birth doula who needs to be certified in order to gain hospital admittance, we have an option for you.

What does the evidence say about “big” babies?

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  • What is considered a “big” baby?
  • Can we accurately predict if a baby will be born big?
  • Does it really matter if a baby is born big? What are the risks?
  • Could suspecting that you’re pregnant with a big baby be more harmful than helpful?
  • Is early induction beneficial for big babies?

See the latest updates to what the research tells us about big babies from Evidence-Based Birth. Share with clients and family members!

Upcoming Continuing Education Webinars ~ Open to All this Month ~ Join us!

September 15 (Wednesday, 7-8pm EST)
With author Ellie Atherton

Ellie will share her techniques for honoring each patient’s unique experience of dying. Topics include:

  • Building trust
  • Advocating for patients without alienating caregivers
  • Honoring the ever-changing stages of emotion
  • How to address common questions and concerns that arise as death approaches

Ellie Atherton

Ellie Atherton began her work as a midwife to the dying in the early 90s as an herbalist. In 2003 she became a registered nurse and chose community hospice as her medical specialty. For Ellie, caring for patients in their home settings was a challenge, an honor, and a tremendous privilege. As a hospice nurse she continued to advance her training to include becoming a palliative care nurse educator and a hospice consultant. Ellie is the author of Stepping Stones: Following a Pathway to End of Life, now on our required certification reading list for end-of-life doulas.

Join Zoom Meeting

Passcode: 535394 

Or call 646-558-8656 (Meeting ID: 813 9147 5716)
November 17 (Mark your calendar!)
With Lori Smith
Lori brings 24 years’ experience working in a variety of elder care models, including adult day care, home care, long-term care, and memory care. For the past 12 years she has specialized in family dementia care and educating families to help them keep loved ones at home for as long as possible. Lori recently completed Lifespan Doulas’ End-of-Life Doula Training program and is eager to share her tips for navigating the dementia journey.

Join our “Top 5 Questions about Becoming a Doula” FREE monthly webinar!

Pre-register Now (to gain access on Zoom)
September 6 (Monday 7:30-8:30pm EST)

September 8 (Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm EST)

  • What is the doula’s role and what types of services are offered?
  • Is certification important and how does the certification process work? 
  • Do I have the right background to become a doula?
  • Can I make money as a doula?
  • How do I get started on my path?
  • Is there any liability associated with doula work?
  • Bring your questions!

Or, watch a recording of a recent webinar (scroll to bottom of page): 

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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.