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April Newsletter for Birth/Postpartum Doulas

By Patty Brennan | March 29, 2020

COVID-19 updates, strategies and resources for doulas. Effects on infant mental health, distance labor support, saving our weekends, working ON your business while home bound, training updates and more. Also see March of Dimes’ new Birth Equity Locator tool. Read the newsletter.

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Special Edition March Doula Newsletter ~ COVID-19

By Patty Brennan | March 19, 2020

How we are accommodating our supporters in this crisis, as well as tips for doulas and coping strategies for all. Lifespan Doulas will make every accommodation possible for each person who has invested in an upcoming doula training or intends to do so. We will be extending Early Bird registration prices, waiving cancellation fees and…

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Doula-ing from a Distance

By Lifespan Doulas | March 19, 2020

I know many of you are not making in-person visits to your clients, family and friends right now. Here are a few ideas for being a remote end-of-life doula, based on my personal experience. I’d love to hear from you about how you are coping. See below for an invitation for all EOL doulas to…

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Doula Toolkit for COVID-19

By Patty Brennan | March 13, 2020

DONA International has released a hospital letter and doula toolkit for navigating the COVID-19 threat. Some hospitals are restricting the number of people a laboring mother can bring in with her.

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March Birth & Postpartum Doula Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | March 3, 2020

Mid-life is “Me Time.” Read about the growing trend of 2nd act entrepreneurship. Do you want to engage in meaningful work that nourishes rather than depletes you? Want to be of service to others AND earn income? Become a doula! Read the newsletter.

March End-of-Life Doula Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | March 3, 2020

Second-act entrepreneurship is a certifiable trend, with 55-to-64-year-olds now accounting for 26% of new entrepreneurs. Are doulas entrepreneurs? Perhaps … it depends on your motivations for taking end-of-life doula training. Do your friends think you’re weird? Come and be in community with others who are comfortable contemplating death and dying, bereavement, and more! Read the…

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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.