Stepping Stones: Following a Pathway to the End of Life by Ellie Atherton. Book Review by Patty Brennan. Ellies gives us insights and words for how to build trust, manage conflict respectfully and advocate effectively for the dying person’s wishes. Read the newsletter.

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Doula legislation in Michigan–Let your voice be heard! Experience from similar efforts in other states has demonstrated the importance of doulas being at the table when these discussions occur (e.g., Oregon, New York). Also in this issue: pelvic floor resources; an upcoming Doula Business Development Workshop, and more! Read the newsletter.

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Are we forcibly feeding our loved ones? Don’t miss our March 17 Member Webinar on this important topic. Feeding a dying person can bring up a lot of ethical and emotional concerns. Is this act truly helpful or harmful? Also resources for being a doula at a distance, a shaman’s experience in Guatemala, cool new…

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The power of hormones ~ a cat nurses ducklings (amazing video!). 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…

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New research on end-of-life doulas includes perspectives from four countries. Also in this newsletter–pandemic resources, what to say to a friend whose spouse has dementia, water cremation, electronic wills, force feeding our loves ones, and more! Read the newsletter.

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The Guest House of Fowlerville

End-of-Life Doula Internships. A new pilot program is being launched at a residential hospice home in Michigan. Gain hands-on experience after training in a community setting providing heart-centered care. Newsletter includes blogs and research on the sense of hearing in unresponsive patients, finding peace and purpose after loss, 3 ways to combat “imposter syndrome,” and…

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DONA Birth Doula Workshop

It’s time to let your inner doula out of the closet! Let 2021 be the year you invest in a new career that doesn’t feel like going to work. Online training works especially well for breastfeeding mothers and those for whom travel back and forth to in-person training presents a hardship. (Plus, it has the…

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Kathleen Putnam, owner of Coaching at End of Life, presents on her work related to grief coaching. Kathleen has recently completed training with Amy Wright Glenn, the author of the book, “Holding Space.” Kathleen shares ideas on how doulas can support clients and families as they walk through their experience of grief. As we approach…

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The Guest House of Fowlerville

Learn about this unique hospice home, The Guest House of Fowlerville, a labor of love from Jen Fargo. Jen is a Registered Nurse and End-of-Life Doula on a mission to serve the dying and their families. In this issue we say goodbye to 2020 with some reminders to not neglect the cultivation of your sanity…

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See the many opportunities we have to help get you through the looming winter months and position yourself to achieve your goals. Our upcoming Doula Business Development Workshop (December 12) will provide you with the tools and encouragement needed to begin implementing your vision. Registration includes a copy of The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools…

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