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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…

New Streamlined Certification for Birth & Postpartum Doulas—May Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | May 13, 2021

ALL NEW online doula training & certification programs! Announcing the release of our comprehensive online doula training. A streamlined certification is included in the cost of training. No hidden fees. As business owners, we all evolve. My journey is taking me in a new direction. Lifespan Doulas will now offer our own certification for birth and…

Building Trust with Doula Clients—April Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | April 6, 2021

Stepping Stones: Following a Pathway to the End of Life ~ Book Review By Patty Brennan Author Ellie Atherton is a hospice nurse with two decades of experience supporting families. Her new book contains stories drawn from journals she kept as she walked her own path of support. There is much that doulas can learn from Ellie…

Upcoming Doula Legislation—March Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | March 9, 2021

Doula legislation in Michigan … Let your voice be heard! The Michigan Doula Coalition and doulas from around the state are working with Senator Erika Geiss on legislation to enable Medicaid coverage for birth and postpartum doula services. Sign up for their newsletter to stay iinformed. Experience from similar efforts in other states has demonstrated the importance of doulas…

Feeding at the End of Life—Webinar Recording

By Patty Brennan | March 9, 2021

Feeding a dying person can bring up a lot of ethical and emotional concerns. Is this act truly helpful or harmful? Bonnie Blachly and Richelle Godwin discuss what happens to the body when it starts to shut down, ways to support nourishment for the dying, risks associated with feeding and drinking close to death, and…

The Power of Hormones in Labor and Birth—February Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | February 4, 2021

Birth & Postpartum DoulasFebruary 2021 NewsletterView this email in your browser Birth & Parenting News YOUR DOULA CAREERSTARTS HERE!PATTY BRENNAN’SDOULA BUSINESS GUIDE  The power of hormones ~ A cat nurses ducklingsThis mama cat had just given birth to her kittens. These ducklings went foraging for a food source and found her. Cat nurses Ducklings (if the video…

New End-of-Life Doula Research—February Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | February 3, 2021

New research on end-of-life doulas includes perspectives from four countries. Also in this newsletter–pandemic resources, what to say to a friend whose spouse has dementia, water cremation, electronic wills, force feeding our loves ones, and more!  February 2021 NewsletterView this email in your browser End-of-Life Doula Training & Certification~ Supporting life’s final transition ~ Become…

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End-of-Life Doula Internships—January Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | January 6, 2021

January 2021 NewsletterView this email in your browser End-of-Life Doula Training & Certification~ Supporting life’s final transition ~ Become an End-of-Life Doula!The Doula Business Guideby Patty Brennan A new year brings hope. Change is in the air. For many of us, the pandemic and government response to it, have altered our lives dramatically–from losing loved ones…

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Invest in a new doula career that doesn’t feel like going to work—January Newsletter

By Patty Brennan | January 5, 2021

It’s time to let your inner doula out of the closet! Let 2021 be the year you invest in your new doula career that doesn’t feel like going to work. Online training works especially well for breastfeeding mothers and those for whom travel back and forth to in-person training presents a hardship. (Plus, it has…