Volume 1, Issue 4
WOW this summer has gone by really quickly! My husband, daughter and I went on a cruise for the first time; and it was amazing. I am hoping you all were able to do some fun things with your family as well. We have added 210 more ProDoulas in the last month to the ProDoula family and we just keep growing.
Share The Vision 2016 is around the corner and we are working really hard here at the Home Office to make this conference as memorable as possible for you. I cannot wait to celebrate your successes with you. Remember, if you are looking for a roommate at the Crowne Plaza – the contact is Ryan Varner and his number is 816-460-6624 and he will take care of that for you.
Also, don’t forget to buy your booster or ad for the program. Wouldn’t it be nice to recognize someone or just send them some love, you can do it on the website or contact Denise or myself. You should be receiving a letter shortly in the mail with all the necessary information for getting to the conference, what to wear and bring with you as well as some other pertinent information that you may need.
I would also like to welcome Vesna Radojevic to the ProDoula Home Team as our Operations Manager. She is helping us put stronger, more effective systems in place so that nothing is able to slip through a crack. We are so happy and excited to have her with us and all you “C’s” out there – you will truly appreciate this.
Remember we are always here for you at the Home Office and would love if you’d give us a call if you have any questions, concerns, need help or would just like to say hi.
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the change to work hard at work worth doing.”
Theodore Roosevelt, United States President
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I know many of you are getting very excited for October and the 2016 ProDoula “Share the Vision” Conference. What could possibly make you more excited? How about the idea of having the person who means most to you there with you?
Yes. I mean taking your life partner to your business conference.
I assure you that it will sound even crazier to your partner than it may to you. They are likely to have the same initial reaction that I had when Catie Mehl asked me to go to the 2015 ProDoula “Instilling Strength” Conference with her. I thought it would be crazy boring, I’d have nothing to do, she’d be hanging out with other women, and I’d be alone most of the time. These were true, in part, and also not…or I didn’t care.
So I’ll tell you why you should ask them, a few things that you can share with them to convince them to go with you, and a few things you can do to make them want to come back.
Why ask them? Because you deserve it. It will benefit your business and contribute to your success.
Ask them because it will benefit them and you as a couple as well.
My partner is an amazing person, and even more so now through her affiliation with ProDoula, the support she gets from all of the other amazing women she works with (YOU), and the validation that she gets from me. I’m guessing that YOU are also pretty amazing and you want to achieve things you may not have believed were possible.
At the ProDoula Conference, you will be associating and working with others who want to lift you up and facilitate your growth and success. And your partner is likely someone who wants to see you stretch your limits and become someone even more special than the person they met and fell in love with; coming to conference is a way they can validate your commitment and effort.
When you feel supported and that your work is valued, you will excel.
It will be fulfilling for you to feel their support and validation, and this investment will pay dividends for them as well. I know my presence and support during conference has helped inspire my wife to achieve and accomplish even more with her business – a business venture that she specifically undertook to replace my income and allow me to retire. I want her to succeed both for her and for selfish reasons too. Her success will be fulfilling and rewarding on a personal level, and that may be the greatest gift that I can give to her. I will also enjoy the fruits of her labor; it’s her income that will continue when you want to retire, play golf, travel, and generally enjoy life.
Conference is exciting, emotional, and you’ll appreciate having the person closest to you there to share with. It has the potential to bring you closer together as a couple.
Work hard; play hard. Dive into it and make the most of being together with all these amazing women; then take that same enthusiasm back to your partner. Engage them in what’s going on; share you feelings, and let them know how much it means to you to have them there. Text them kissy face emojis on a break, then meet with them between sessions and talk about what you’ve learned. Introduce them to the women that are inspiring you. Have some intimate time together.
At the end of the day, go back to your room and show them your appreciation and devotion.
They will get more out of it than they can imagine.
There will be times your partner will be alone, but this is also an opportunity for them to network with other partners; they might find someone who they share much in common with, either in their work or personally. I also found ways to help Randy and Debbie, the founders and owners of ProDoula.
I know very well how this business is tough on a partnership. It’s not easy giving up time with your partner when they are trying to grow the business. But the rewards of seeing the person they love flourish are beyond reparative and restorative to your relationship.
Ask your partner to join you. For your business. For you. For them. For your relationship. You won’t regret it.
When I first began thinking about seriously pursuing a career as a professional birth and postpartum doula, my options for trainings felt overwhelming! There are so many available to the aspiring doula, and so many voices talking about what a doula should, or should not be. Fortunately, an experienced doula I know pointed me towards ProDoula while I was still trying to make my decision. After spending some time on various doula Facebook boards, and exhaustively researching my training and certification options, I decided that ProDoula best met my criteria.
There were some very specific things I wanted in a doula training. ProDoula was the only organization that met each one in a way that satisfied me, as a consumer and as an aspiring professional. Two trainings later, with three certifications in progress, I remain very happy with my decision. ProDoula’s training and certification process has exceeded every expectation.
First, I wanted a thorough training curriculum. I wanted to feel confident after training, and to know that I had enough information to serve my clients well. ProDoula’s standardized trainings and excellent, experienced trainers have met that need at every turn. The posttraining certification process has consistently challenged me to learn more about birth. One bonus to ProDoula’s program is that, as an alumni, I can retake any training and continually add to my skills. This adds an incredible value to my investment.
I wanted to know that I would have a connection with my training organization after training. I didn’t want to be flailing in the dark while I started this new career. That has never been an issue. ProDoula answers the phones when you call the office. Their staff and both of the owners are active online, and will actually call you and reach out when you need support. Both of my doula trainers are available to me as mentors, and are happy to offer help and support if I have a problem or a question during a birth.
In fact, I can reach out to any of the ProDoula staff or trainers for support when I need it. I am not alone in the dark as a new doula, not ever.
I knew I would need to take an inperson training in order to feel truly comfortable as a doula. I wanted some handson practice during my training, and I wanted to see the various comfort techniques demonstrated. Both days of training focused on attunement and communication techniques at every step, as well as role play, hands on demonstrations, and more.
I wanted to choose a training organization that would help me achieve a level of excellence in my field. ProDoula supports that and has consistently challenged my personal assumptions and biases both conscious and unconscious. My trainers and colleagues challenge me every day, to be a better, less judgmental person and a skilled doula. If I ever fail to meet the standards of my training organization, if I ever act egregiously outside of my scope as a doula, I will be held accountable.
ProDoula has supported me in building positive, respectful relationships with providers in my area.
Knowing that my training organization respects the choices of birthing parents, all choices and all parents, is important to me. When I began this journey, I knew that I did not want to carry an agenda into my clients’ births and I had no interest in becoming an advocate or a birth activist. I wanted a training organization that would teach me to support a mother giving birth via cesarean as positively and enthusiastically as one having a VBAC. ProDoula consistently holds me accountable to this level of support for all birthing parents.
Finally, comprehensive support in the business aspect of being a doula was important to me. As a doula, you aren’t just a support person, you’re a business person. There are things to consider when building a sustainable practice that will allow you to work as a doula for years and ProDoula prepares you for that. ProDoula was the only training organization I found whose members did not routinely tell new doulas to take on free or low cost births to get certified, whose members encouraged even the newest doulas to charge their worth, learn savvy business skills, and build sustainably.
The bottom line is that when it came time to make my decision, there was only one training organization that hit every bullet point on my list consistent, hands-on trainings, thorough and challenging curriculum, excellent support, high standards, nonjudgment, and clear scope of practice. That training organization was ProDoula.
I hope to have completed my certifications as a birth doula and a childbirth educator by the end of 2016, and as a postpartum doula in early 2017. I am confident that I am serving my current clients well and that I am offering them exactly the kind of unbiased support that will empower them during their births and beyond.
Being a doula is a learning curve, of course. I am sure that the support I offer will be ever more nuanced and attuned given 10, 20 or 100 births. However, even as a brand new doula, I came out of my trainings feeling confident that I was fully capable of meeting my clients needs as a supportive birth partner. ProDoula supports me as I keep the learning process going but never undermines me for being exactly where and what I am.
The underlying message is always, “You are enough.”
My investment in myself and my choice to train and certify with ProDoula is the best decision I think I’ve made in years.
What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened at a training?
I recover quickly from embarrassment so not sure if I have a good answer for this one. If I was truly embarrassed I wouldn’t tell anyone anyway.
Share with us the moment you realized the importance of doula work.
I don’t know that I have a “moment”. Seeing how many women sought out support and help really sort of sealed it for me though. I relate to women, I get them and I knew that if I could have used someone before during and after having a baby, other woman could too.
Share with us an epiphany you had at your own doula training.
I “got it” when we discussed the study about the doula vs the nurse. The doula factor one, you know where one woman is constant but does nothing and women report more satisfaction with their births? I don’t feel like I’m really good at much in the whole scheme of things, but one thing I can do really well is to connect and attune. If this whole doula thing was about connection and attunement then I am in, and I had no doubt in my mind that I would be successful.
What are my options? I think everyone knows how fond of donuts I am.
RED. Cherry red.
Must have item when traveling to a training.
My computer but I feel like that’s an obvious one. I keep a Xanax in my pocket and I listen to classical music (I prefer Mozart) on take off.
As a trainer you spend a lot of time on airplanes traveling from training to training. What is your favorite thing to do when sitting on a plane?
Meditate, then blog, then catch up on FB. I don’t like to talk to people (I usually do just not on a plane cause it’s so loud and I have a hard time hearing), sleep. I write love letters to my husband on planes…
How long has your mom been a doula?
I was 5 years old 15 years ago when my mother became a doula.
What is the best part about your mom being a doula?
I am glad my mom is able to work in a field where she is able to help so many women through something that she has been through twice (having my brother and I).
What are/were the downsides to your mom being a doula?
I would say the worst thing about my mom being a doula has to be the fact that a birth is completely unpredictable. She can be at a birth for a few hours or a few days.
As summer comes to an end and we welcome the first cool glimpses of fall it’s time to think about those favorite cool weather treats. Why spend $$ on a latte when you can make your own at home?
Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and remove plastic wrap (carefully!) and whip the mixture until milk is foamy.
Add coffee or espresso to a large mug and add the foamed pumpkin mixture. Add whipped cream to the top and sprinkle additional pumpkin spice on top of whipped cream as desired.
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