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Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results (July Newsletter)

By Patty Brennan | July 2, 2024

Atomic Habits (Book Review): You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Success as a doula business owner is certainly related to our skills, including both doula support skills AND business skills. Equally important is our mindset and the personal habits that enable us to…

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Doula Legal Challenges (June Newsletter)

By Patty Brennan | May 28, 2024

Rites and Rights Revisited: Legal Challenges for End-of-Life Doulas This virtual townhall, co-sponsored by NEDA and INELDA, featuring two lawyers who have been active in defense of EOLDs in California and Indiana, was tremendously informative. The legal team shared these tips as general lessons for doulas: A recording of the townhall is available at the link above,…

End-of-Life Doula Scope of Practice

Medical Aid in Dying, End-of-Life Doulas, and the Doula Scope of Practice

By Patty Brennan | May 16, 2024

By Patty Brennan Recently, I was conducting a webinar for end-of-life doulas (EOLDs) when someone in the audience shared that Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) clients were her specialty and that she travels to other states to “do it.” As MAiD was not the theme of our webinar, I did not pursue questioning her as to whether she…

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Setting Fees as an End-of-Life Doula (webinar)

By Patty Brennan | May 16, 2024

With Patty Brennan Join a discussion on how to value our doula work. Fee setting considerations include your cost of doing business, your need for income, your geographic location and population served, whether to charge by the hour or set a package rate for services, how to do market research, and more. For more information…

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Ohio Doula Legislation (May Newsletter)

By Patty Brennan | May 1, 2024

Should nurses have oversight over doulas? New doula legislation in Ohio says “yes.” A new law (Section 4723.89 | Doula certification) in Ohio states: “Beginning on October 3, 2024, a person shall not use or assume the title “certified doula” unless the person holds a certificate issued under this section by the board of nursing.” So now, the…

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Doula Training Expansion (April Newsletter)

By Patty Brennan | March 30, 2024

Events & Information for Birth & Postpartum Doulas (and aspiring Midwives!) Grant pays for tuition-free midwifery program at the University of Michigan. The University of Michigan’s School of Nursing has partnered with Birth Detroit to launch the Michigan Maternity Care Traineeship Program. What an opportunity! Laughing gas for labor pain? Nitrous oxide (N2O) has some advantages over injected…

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Top Networking Tips for End-of-Life Doulas (webinar)

By Patty Brennan | March 22, 2024

Networking often gets a bad rap for three main reasons: This webinar addresses these concerns and reframes networking by bringing it back to its roots and true, authentic purpose: connecting with people. Attendees will walk away with a fresh perspective on networking, understand the importance and critical need to do it, and the skills to…

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Doula Businesses Evolve (Leap Year Newsletter)

By Patty Brennan | March 6, 2024

Doula Businesses Evolve (= to develop slowly, over time) What are the three main reasons we procrastinate? Do you identify with any of these? Perfectionism is my home turf so I will speak to that. I have learned through necessity and experience to let go of perfectionistic thinking. The impulse is so strong in me that I can’t…

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Doula Business Development Tools & More! (February Newsletter)

By Patty Brennan | January 30, 2024

NEW! The fully updated 4th editions of The Doula Business Guide and Workbook are now available!  In addition to being a comprehensive guide to setting up a doula business from scratch, The Doula Business Guide and Workbook include new guidance on: The Metrics of Suffering Palliate:  To make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause. Palliative care is being…

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Doulas in Hospice: A Successful Business Model (Webinar)

By Patty Brennan | January 18, 2024

This presentation covers how Present for You doulas support hospice and how doulas can help solve several ongoing gaps in care within the health system. Our speaker, Jane Euler, shares how she formed collaborative relationships with hospice care providers to better serve families. After completing doula training with two different organizations and pursuing “private pay” clients, Jane…

Doula Business Guide and Workbook

January 2024 Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | January 5, 2024

When just starting out, I recommend doulas keep their offerings simple. It’s great to have a grand vision, but it needs to roll out organically, evolving as you go. As your business gets rolling, specializing in more than one area allows you to change gears and adapt as your life circumstances dictate.

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Are we helping, fixing, or serving? December Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | December 3, 2023

Are we helping, fixing, or serving? These concepts were introduced by a participant in a recent end-of-life doula training. Contemplation of these ideas, as applicable to doulas, reveals key relationship dynamics that may be undermining our efforts with families. We must stay mindful about our role and purpose. Do we view our clients as weak…