I don’t know about you, but I’m still wondering how this past year went by so quickly? It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New (2017) Year and welcoming back to back babies in January during that deep freeze (you remember the one, don’t you)?!
This month, Sarah and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary as work wives – and my, what a journey it has been! Our honeymoon phase has long passed and we spent the early part of 2017 learning how to work smarter, got into a great groove and began functioning like a well-oiled doula machine! With teaching space for prenatal classes in Orangeville, Brampton and Mississauga, combined with the incredible connections we’ve formed working with local Midwives, Obstetricians, L&D Nurses, as well as other pregnancy and birth related health care professionals, our goal has been to become the premier birth doulas, postpartum doulas and childbirth educators for expanding families in these areas.
Doulas are amazing, let’s just get that out of the way. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am married to one. You may think that I could be biased because of that, but in that vain let me say this also: If you aren’t going to hire a doula you should at least try to marry one!
Shortly after bringing my twins home from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), I, like millions of women found that mothering was a combination of instinct and research. As an avid reader, I found that once I had newborns I was so sleep deprived that I could barely keep my eyes open long enough to crack […]
2016 was a big year for myself and Sarah – not just professionally, but personally as well. I always tease and call Sarah my work wife, but as business partners, our relationship can sometimes mirror that of a married couple, and we have supported one another through personal loss and professional success over the last 12 months.
For many years, Carol Anne and I worked as solo doulas but after taking the HypnoBirthing®: The Mongan Method Practitioner training course over a year ago we started teaching classes together. Our students loved the atmosphere and vibe we created and started asking, “Can we hire you both as our doulas?”
In my industry, we talk a lot about “empowering women”. As doulas, it is our hope and goal that women have a good birth experience. We want them to feel safe, respected, and above all empowered. Empowered to make decisions that are right for her particular needs and the needs of her baby. Empowered as a woman who does not simply “get through” a challenging experience, but rocks it!
What’s the saying, “No man is an island”? As a doula who wanted to grow her business, I quickly became aware of the simple fact and reality that this applied to my career as a doula, and if I didn’t embrace it, I would quite possibly end up the same way many solo doulas end up – burnt out, and no longer doing birth work.