Childbirth Professionals

The Latest Healthcare Trend Impacting Maternity Care

The Latest Healthcare Trend Impacting Maternity Care

Just as clothing has evolved from fig leaves to funky leggings, and people were once convinced the world was flat, opinions and trends regarding procreation shift as well. More recently we’ve seen trends that have made a way for informed consent and refusal, evidence-based medical care, promotion of the golden hour,  and now: value-based health care promoting shared decision-making.

The gap between the way many patients wish healthcare decisions could be made and the way these decisions are actually made is tremendous. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the Altarum Institute, nearly all patients expect to be in control of medical decisions. Only 7% of adult, nonelderly patients wanted their physicians to be in the lead role.2 Despite this clear preference, the same survey found that the vast majority of patients let the doctor take charge of care decisions nonetheless...

Bread, Gardens, Tea, Butter, French Presses and Yoga

Bread, Gardens, Tea, Butter, French Presses and Yoga

As a birth worker and adult managing ADHD, I've found myself drawn to methodical and mindful activities that require me to slow down and pay attention. It's healing to the mind that is focused on EVERYTHING ALL. THE. TIME. And the rewards of working and cultivating things are so very sweet. But as a doula and childbirth educator for a decade (I celebrate 10 years with DONA International this month!), I find even more meaning in the patience and awareness these activities cultivate in me. 

The Myth of Low Cost Doula Support

The Myth of Low Cost Doula Support

I don’t make decisions based on what my competitors think. I make decisions based on what my customers want. I am an entrepreneur; I love what I do and the people I serve. I believe that every potential customer has value and I believe I can give value to every single one of them.

The Job Description Most Doulas Refuse to Accept

The Job Description Most Doulas Refuse to Accept

Most often, people think about the things doulas do during the actual birth such as position changes, back rubs and verbal encouragement, but the informational support is glazed over as if this act of giving information is a simple one. The truth is this: anyone whose role involves transmitting information is at some level an educator. Therefore, every doula is inherently a childbirth educator whether she realizes it or not.

One Size Fits All Childbirth Education

One Size Fits All Childbirth Education

There are as many opinions about childbirth as there are people on the planet. The truth is, there is no right and wrong in childbirth; there is only what's right for you! But just how exactly do you find out what's right for you when there are so many options? Wouldn't it be great if there was a one-size-fits-all childbirth education curriculum so you could be guaranteed that you would get just exactly what you need out of it or at least know which way to go to find what you do need? If you are a birth professional, wouldn't it be great if you had a tool that you could use with every client to help them get the results they need? Sound like unicorns and rainbows? It might not be as far from reality as you think!

Doulas are not the solution.

Doulas are not the solution.

You see, while everyone else in the childbirth professional community and doula world is arguing about who's right, who's wrong, which organization to train with, which childbirth method is the RIGHT one, and why THEY deserve to get paid as professionals, Your Birth Experience Instructors are looking at the women giving birth, the ones who really matter.

Your Birth Experience is like a Robot crib sheet

Your Birth Experience is like a Robot crib sheet

Using Your Birth Experience helps me do exactly that for my clients. I present the options available to them and give them the tools they need to see how their personality and decision-making processes speak to their birth goals so that each parter can determine what is most important to them and why. This way there is no need to be combative, just clear in communication. There is no need to have an inflexible agenda, but instead an informed plan that can be adjusted when unexpected factors arise. This program allows me to help clients synthesize their goals and desires in a way that nothing else can, and all while clearly and succinctly presenting them with all the options available to them.

The Doula for Doulas

The Doula for Doulas

Sometimes, even doulas need a doula.

Strike that, frequently doulas need a doula.

This job, which is full of passion and fulfillmentis also hard, hard work. Not only are you constantly spending energy mentally attuning and connecting to your clients, but you’re spending the physical energy supporting them--whether it’s during labor performing the famous double hip squeezes or staying up all night with a fresh new baby while his parents get a welcomed evening of rest. Add on to all of that the fact that when you treat this work like a business, you’re also investing all of the time and energy of an entrepreneur...Enter Your Birth Experience...

What Labor Day Has to Do with Your Labor

What Labor Day Has to Do with Your Labor

This Labor Day I am celebrating the work I do to help women experience positive and meaningful birthing experiences and get what they want in childbirth, while also giving thanks for all those who have gone before me to do the same. Just as the Labor Movement sought justice for our nation and the workers who built it, the birthing movements of the past and present strive to make birth better for women. What I do is important, and the work women do to bring their babies into the world is also important. 

5 Reasons Why Doulas Fail

5 Reasons Why Doulas Fail

Everyone at some point in his or her life has heard some variation of “do what you love and you will never work for a living again.” I believe this concept is at best misleading and at worst completely inaccurate. No matter what your passion is, turning it into a successful venture will require hard work and a need to do things that are scary, tedious, and sometimes just downright exhausting. Having spent the last four years working full time on my business, I have learned that I had to figure out how business works before I could make my passion my business. There have been successes and failures and a whole lot of learning...

Childbirth Businesses: Bargain Basements or Value Menus?

Childbirth Businesses: Bargain Basements or Value Menus?

As Doulas or Childbirth Educators, you may have felt challenged in creating a sustainable income. Questions I see and hear often are:

  • How do you make money as a doula?
  • What should I charge for doula services or childbirth classes?
  • How do I make my doula business profitable?

If you are a Doula or Childbirth Educator looking to increase the value of the services you offer and create a paycheck you're proud of, take a look at what Your Birth Experience offers. 

So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want...

So, tell me what you want, what you really, really want...

I've learned in my seven years working as a Birth Doula in Tulsa and surrounding areas that it's not the easiest question to answer. Sometimes we answer that question with a response based on what others want for us. Sometimes we answer based on guilt and assumptions of what we THINK we should want, or even what we WISHED we wanted. The problem with each of those scenarios is that they all create immense internal and external conflict.

What I Learned from Eddie Vedder about Birth and Business Plans

 To be honest, I had no business having a space among the die hard Pearl Jam fans on the floor of the BOK Center, seeing as I'm most familiar with their album TEN, that was originally released in 1991 when I was ten years old. Even though I didn't know as much of their more recent tracks until the concert, I didn't need to be a member of the fan club to be captivated by Eddie Vedder and his band that night. What I didn't realize is that Eddie Vedder would teach me a few things about myself, about birth, and about business that night.