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Tips for Death Doulas: How to Support the Dying ~ Webinar Recording

By Patty Brennan | September 17, 2021

Webinar with Ellie Atherton, author of Stepping Stones: Following a Pathway to End of Life Ellie Atherton, a long-time hospice nurse with the heart of a doula, shares tips for death doulas that include her techniques for honoring each person’s unique experience of dying. Ellie shares that she “got into trouble” early in her hospice…

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Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula

By Patty Brennan | September 10, 2021

Becoming an end-of-life doula starts with choosing an end-of-life doula training. Easier said than done, right? How to choose? What questions should you be asking? Questions Answered The presentation by Patty Brennan covers the following topics: What is the role of the end-of-life doula? What is the meaning of the word “doula”? Where do end-of-life…

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Evolving a Doula Business ~ September Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | September 3, 2021

A framework for making the “daunting” doable Evolving a Doula Business Workshop. Live Zoom workshop taught by Patty Brennan. September 18. 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,”…

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Do doulas need to be certified?

By Patty Brennan | August 29, 2021

Up until COVID, my answer was always “no.” Do doulas need to be certified? How important is it? I have been doing doula work since 1983, though we simply called it “labor support” at that time. The word “doula” came into use in the early 1990s and has grown in popularity ever since. Over the…

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The Doula Model of Care—August Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | August 5, 2021

What is the Doula Model of Care? The Doula Model of Care is based on the guiding principles at the heart of what it means to be a doula and best practices for all doulas. These principles and practices are embodied in the Doula Scope of Practice. Within this model, each doula can bring forth her/his own best…

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Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss—Webinar Recording

By Patty Brennan | July 22, 2021

With Author Amy Wright Glenn Pregnancy loss is a special kind of loss. Doulas of all specialties will inevitably encounter it and will, no doubt, benefit from Amy’s wisdom and graceful modeling of how to “hold space.” Join Amy as she explores: What does it mean to hold space? What does it mean to companion…

How to Hire a Doula: A Consumer’s Guide—July Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | July 9, 2021

Holding space for pregnancy loss; navigating difficult conversations; COVID vaccine safety in pregnancy; pediatric palliative care; rebozo controversy; and more! How to Hire a Doula: A Consumer’s Guide to Getting the Help You Need If you have never had a baby before, never been a new mom or cared for a newborn, never witnessed a…

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Successful Doula Business Owner—June Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | June 2, 2021

Go from doula wannabe to successful doula business owner! Read about two Detroit moms who are starting a revolution in the baby shower industry. Also inside, domestic violence awareness for doulas, and more. Go from doula “wannabe” to successful doula business owner. See our training bundles featuring: Hybrid training that includes self-paced online modules combined with live online workshops—available…

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Cultural and Religious Practices at End of Life—Webinar Recording

By Patty Brennan | May 29, 2021

Watch a recording to our May webinar. This presentation with Bonnie Blachly focuses on how culture, religious beliefs, and/or spirituality impact end-of-life experiences for clients and families. An overview of beliefs and practices from Judaism, Catholicism, and Islam is provided. The presentation includes a definition and discussion of what is meant by cultural and religious…

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Tools to Create Your End-of-Life Doula Business—May Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | May 25, 2021

We offer functional tools to create your own end-of-life doula practice. Comprehensive training, lifetime certification, doula directory, member webinars, and more. This month–Domestic Violence Awareness for Doulas tools and resources. Doula training options: Breathe a sigh of relief to find yourself in the company of others who use words like “honor,” “privilege,” “amazing,” and “profound” when referencing…