Welcome to the Doula Money Blog - since this website is a bit quirky - I'll write a blog once a week and post it below - the blog articles will stay up for 3-4 weeks and then be replaced with new ones. I'll archive the articles. Thanks!! We are also starting a podcast - so look for link here or front page soon on that!! Whoo hoo!!
Doulaing for the Holidays part 2 - Mothering the Mother for Christmas/holiday season
11/24/2022 - sorry if this is not finished i'll come back later to finish it!!!
Welcome to Doulaing for the Holidays part 2 blog:
This blog post is for the mothers and doulas too. Mamas if you are worried about your baby's birth esp. around the holidays and possible inductions, etc. Get yourself a doula advocate hired to help you through this journey. Second, make sure you have a good birth plan or "birth wishes" as one of my friends calls it. You can make a Visual birth plan as well. I suggest having a written one and visual birth plan. A visual birth plan is basically pictures of things you want done or not done during labor and birth. Keeping it simple a visual guide is easier for the hospital staff, nurses, doctors to follow. The written one can have extra details in it as well. Now, not every birth goes to plan, but at least you have your wishes written down.
Doulaing for the Holidays? November 14-15, 2022
Hi, I haven't had a chance to write a blog post lately - so the holidays are right around the corner and in fact it snowed here! What fun! Gets you in the mood for holiday cheer!
So, what is it like to do doula work around the holidays? What are things that might come up?
Inductions! That is a big thing that may come up more often. The doctors are not having the mother's best interest in mind. They want to sell the idea of getting the baby out before Christmas instead of waiting for baby to come on his/her own timing. So, if you have a client due in December, make sure she knows her "informed consent" when it comes to inductions. Be more prepared to fight this (esp. if that is what your client wants to have a natural birth) then this is one thing you both can fight together. Gather all the evidence based research (in fact go to Evidence Based Birth(c) if you want more info about inductions). Make sure your client's doctor knows she does not want an induction. Make sure he/she is agreeable. Then let nature takes its course and yes it is OK to have a baby on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day - Jesus was born on that day - why not share that day with Jesus' birth?! (Hey, I am Christian so please excuse if you are not into this).
After the baby arrives (on his/her own timing), celebrate your client's birth with an extra special gift for her birthing around the holidays. If your client is Christian, you may want to gift them a special Christmas onesie for the baby for instance! Get creative for your gift giving for clients! If your baby is Jewish, I am sure the mom may enjoy something along that theme as well.
Anyway, just remember to stand your ground when it comes to holidays and doulaing! Inductions should only be done for real true reasons, not because of the holidays!
By Julie Larsen
Twins! All about them!
October 4th, 2022 Blog
Today, I wanted to write about twins (and this can apply to other multiple pregnancies).
What's a doula? What are benefits of hiring a doula?
The word "doula" comes from Greek meaning "servant." As servants to mothers, a doula offers physical, comfort, emotional and even spiritual support for pregnancy and postpartum.
September 20, 2022
Blog about Self-Care and doulaing...
My back went out this week, and I wanted to talk about self-care and doulaing!
We take care of families and mothers and babies, but do we take care of ourselves?
If your body is telling you to slow down- then maybe that's what you need to do - slow down.
Make at least a short daily routine - brush your hair extra long, take a nice bath in bubbles, or just take a nap. Choose something that doesn't take too much time. Weekly, get a massage or chiropractic adjustment - or whatever your body needs to stay in alignment more. For me it seems chiropractic works best. However, I like a good massage once in awhile too.
Another self-care idea - go for short walks around your neighborhood - hey, you might find someone pregnant! Anyway, take time to enjoy nature.
As far as finding clients go - for one short tip - get on a midwifery referral list. They are more likely to refer clients to doulas!
What are you going to do today for self-care?
And stop worrying - that is not good for your body - if you have worries - practice some breathing exercises!
Another thing you might want to consider is having essential oils from Simply Earth on hand. This oil company is a non-MLM and great place to get organic or natural oils: www.simplyearth.com
Another thing you might consider is taking an herbal class to learn more about herbs for your clients. (Taking classes can be fun and self-care!)
We recommend Hart Soul Healing's Mama Herbal course: https://hartsoul.weebly.com/mama-herb-class.html
All for today's blog - check back soon for more. Thanks!
Money ideas for Doulas!!
Extra ideas outside the box!
September 15, 2022 post
I thought I would continue our "Money mindset" idea by talking about Making Money ideas for doulas!
You do not have to doula for everyone in order to make money - of course that is our main "gig" to work with mamas as a birth doula or postpartum doula, etc.
Have you thought about fertility doula? What's that? A fertility doula would help mamas with learning about their fertility. This might be a great gig also for helping teens who are just starting to have cycles - so fertility doula doesn't mean the person wants to get pregnant yet - it could be just helping someone understand cycles, charting, etc. A fertility doula can also help mamas know optimal fertility times if she is wanting to get pregnant! Also, a fertility doula could help someone avoid pregnancy by learning optimal signs to avoid getting pregnant. So, it works either way. In order to obtain these skills - you can learn and enroll in this class Magnificat Fertility doula course here's that link to get free information: https://magnificat-childbirth.thinkific.com/courses/Magnificat-fertility-final
Our next money making idea is the rebozo! Teaching mamas on how to use it for their labor and birth.
Money Mindset - September 5, 2022
OK, so I am borrowing these money secret tips from my friend Joe Vitale - he has a bigger book titled "Secrets of Attracting Money" if you want to read more!
#1 Give money away! I know this one sounds a bit crazy for our first tip. But don't you feel better when you help other people out? I'll give an example - true story: I was at Whole Foods parking lot and I saw a couple with a child there. The man was playing the violin (attracted me to them instantly) - it was so beautiful - he was playing that son "Hallelujah!" Well, of course I threw something into his violin case (first time ever!) It was exciting to help someone out!
#2 Get Clear: This is a practice that Joe explains more into detail in his book - but the basic idea is clearing your beliefs about money that are not helping you attract it to begin with. You probably grew up hearing expressions like "money is root of all evil" or whatever the case maybe. He suggests writing down - what is the "positive benefit" for having this thought? So, you say well it "protects me from being hurt". Then you ask what is the positive benefit from the above saying? Then you see it "keeps you safe" (supposedly), etc. You will figure out after awhile that you are not really benefiting from this belief at all. So, then you let it go. For me, I'd probably throw out that piece of paper and maybe write down some positive aspects of money. But anyway, I hope this gives you an idea on how to clear your beliefs about money. I suggest doing this once a day or once a week.
#3 Secret: Take Action NOW about money or ideas, etc.
So, like you have an idea then write it down and take action now if you can! Or write down steps of action taking. Taking action now will help you get more money!
#4 Support a Cause: Sometimes people do not like having money without a cause to give to. Well, this is a win-win for you and others. If you have a cause and reason to give - then you can support this cause. Mr. Joe Vitale started a program to stop homelessness. He was homeless at one time and he had a passion to help stop this. So, helps other people in similar situations! You don't have to make your own "cause" up though. Perhaps, you have a cause because you beat cancer - then you can support a cancer association for instance. So, write down a meaningful cause that you want to support.
#5 Get Support.
If you are wanting to bring more money into your life, having a coach can help. Also, friends that share the same ideas. A spouse or friend that can be there for emotional support. In other words a "doula for the doula" in our case as doulas! LOLOL :)
#6 Be Grateful - Gratitude
Take time each day to be grateful about something. Thank God for it! Write it down what you are grateful for. Because having a joyful gratitude kind of attitude will bring about more money to you!
#7 Do What you love!
What would you do if you had all the money you needed, all the cars you wanted to drive, the house you wanted to live in...etc.
#8 Elevate Your Thinking
Think like a Millionaire.
#9 Problems Create Opportunities
I'll write more about the later two another time - but I think this blog post will be helpful for doulas!