Our Blog & Newsletter Archives From birth to end-of-life care

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Goal Setting & Doula Business Development ~ January Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | January 3, 2023

Make 2023 a turning point—From passion to profit! “Birth is the ultimate metaphor for all manner of creative manifestation. As in human gestation and birth, the process of bringing a business to life is one of nurturing an idea, laboring to bring it forth, pushing it out in the world, and witnessing it take on…

Continuing Education for Death Doulas

By Patty Brennan | January 2, 2023

Join us for a showing of the three-part video, This is How People Die, by internationally acclaimed hospice pioneer and end-of-life educator Barbara Karnes. Sessions will take place on Zoom over three consecutive Fridays from noon-1:30pm EST. Videos run from 45-65 mins and will be followed by time for group reflection and Q&A facilitated by Patty…

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The Doula Connection & More ~ December Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | December 7, 2022

The Doula Connection Share your doula groups and networks with us! This new initiative on our website is intended to serve as a hub for doulas to connect with each other worldwide. Who is invited to be listed here?  It is essential that community doulas engage in professional networking. No one does doula work in isolation! Add…

Thanksgiving Week Sale on Doula Training ~ November Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving Week SALE on Doula Training through Cyber Monday! SAVE $150 on your doula training of choice! You can use this coupon for birth, postpartum, and end-of-life doula training or any one of our Doula Business Builder Training Packages. Here’s how it works: Coupon Code = BlackFriday2022 (expires at midnight 11/28/22) “You have such a gift for presenting…

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Buddhist Beliefs & Practices at End of Life Webinar

By Patty Brennan | November 21, 2022

Join us for a look at Buddhism and how the doula can support the religious beliefs and practices of families at the end of life. We will discuss what it means to practice “spiritual humility” and explore how doulas can integrate this practice into their work with families. We will also touch briefly on other…

Medicaid for doulas

Medicaid Coverage for Doulas ~ October Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | October 3, 2022

Medicaid Coverage for Doulas ~ Your feedback matters! The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has opened the Proposed Medicaid Policy for public comment. Please review the policy summary and draft describing the specific changes being proposed.  This policy establishes coverage of birth (and very limited postpartum) doula services for Medicaid beneficiaries in Michigan. A growing number of…

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Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking

By Patty Brennan | September 13, 2022

Are you new to online training? While many of us have engaged in various types of online courses in recent years, there are a number of you for whom online learning platforms are a new–perhaps even daunting–experience. I have now made available two Free Sample Lessons from our training programs to familiarize you with how our self-paced…

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Medical Aid in Dying: August Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | September 13, 2022

Are you needing extra income? While corporate media talking heads debate the definition of “recession,” American family budgets across the political spectrum are taking a huge hit via inflation. The doula industry, however, has remained robust, with a high demand for doulas of all kinds. Perhaps now is the time for you to take the…

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Enhancing your learning experience ~ July Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | July 26, 2022

Self-paced online learning opens opportunities and removes barriers to becoming a doula for many folks. One benefit is the capacity for a more in-depth approach to complex subjects. As a curriculum creator, I am as acutely aware of topics I am forced to leave OUT of a course as much as those that I prioritize…

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Navigating the Healthcare System: Coaching Clients through the Maze ~ July Member Webinar

By Patty Brennan | July 20, 2022

With Bonnie Blachly Helping clients navigate the healthcare system to ensure they receive the best health care possible is of utmost importance, especially when facing a life-limiting or life-ending condition. Multiple doctors and other disciplines may be involved. Helping your client develop trust in their doctors is an important aspect of support provided by an…

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Is mentoring available for doulas?

By Patty Brennan | June 17, 2022

Are you a newly trained doula? Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall and observe an experienced, professional doula at work? Perhaps watch how she/he handles questions during a new client interview, or observe interactions with medical personnel or hospice staff (especially when those interactions are trending adversarial)? It makes…

NEW! Doula Business Guide Online Training Program ~ June Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | June 17, 2022

From Dream to Reality … Announcing the release of our self-paced Doula Business Guide Online Training program! Step-by-step guidance for visioning, launching, and growing your business. The process requires a willingness to get outside your comfort zone, humility to be a novice, and a willingness to learn. The payoff is becoming one of those rare people who…