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February Newsletter for End-of-Life Doulas

By Patty Brennan | February 5, 2020

Become an advance care planning facilitator; holding space for pregnancy loss; exploring the beauty of home funeral; noteworthy blog posts; and more. Diagnosed with dementia, she documented her wishes for the end. Then the retirement home said no. She wishes she had asked more questions … Read the newsletter.

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February Newsletter for Birth & Postpartum Doulas

By Patty Brennan | January 31, 2020

Focus on pregnancy loss; launch a doula business in 2020; earn your breastfeeding support credentials; Meet the Doulas; Medicaid for doulas? Join the Michigan Doula Coalition to stay current on health policy related to doulas. There is advocacy for Medicaid to cover birth doulas in MI. Read the newsletter.

Detroit Doulas & Donuts

January Birth & Postpartum Doula Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | January 8, 2020

New Year’s Winter Special on Birth & Postpartum Doula Training (save $100 through January 10). Detroit Doulas & Donuts event on January 25th, 12-2 as Detroit Mama Hub & Eternal Sunshine Doula Services are partnering to bring birth workers of Detroit together! Headshot included. Work/life balance for the new year. Free webinar on Top 5…

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January End-of-Life Doula Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | January 7, 2020

Early Bird deadline extended for Feb End-of-Life Doula Workshop; work/life balance in 2020; free webinar on Jan 13–get your questions answered! Members Only Webinar on 1/22 features A Start-Up Story with Oma McMurtry who will share the preparations undertaken to launch her EOLD practice. Read the newsletter.

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December Birth & Postpartum Doula Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | December 20, 2019

New Year’s Winter Special on Doula Training (save $100); setting SMART business goals; safety of homebirth; doula Medicaid legislation; and more! Let’s harness that New Year energy and set some goals for your doula work in 2020. Goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely. Read the newsletter.  

December End-of-Life Doulas Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | December 5, 2019

Grief and the holidays~bearing sorrow in a season of joy; advance care planning facilitator training; a business development workshop for doulas; 2020 Members Only Webinar Schedule; in the news and favorite blog posts; free directory listings for doulas; and more! Read the newsletter.

Start a Death Cafe!

By Merilynne Rush, MSHP, RN, BSN | October 31, 2019

Starting a local Death Cafe is a great way to contribute to the well-being of your community and become known as an End-of-Life Doula. You mush commit to following the mission as outlined on the Death Cafe website, where you’ll also find the guidelines. Death Cafe is not a place to give a presentation or…

Center for the Childbearing Year

Big Announcement! Two become one.

By Patty Brennan | September 25, 2019

Center for the Childbearing Year, Michigan’s premier birth and postpartum doula training center, has become part of Lifespan Doulas with the launch of our new website. Lifespan Doulas, founded by Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan in 2016, has been offering end-of-life doula training and certification. Now, we are offering in-person doula training for the lifespan…

virtual reality trip

Hospice Patient Fred Visits Italy

By Merilynne Rush, MSHP, RN, BSN | September 25, 2019

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer technology that immerses the user inside a simulated environment. End-of-life doula Anissa Picard, thanks to her son, took a VR trip to Croatia that was so enjoyable she decided to try VR with patients at the local hospice where she volunteers. A few months later, Anissa was able to…