Doula Business Chat #7 - Client Services 2
In this seventh edition of the Doula Business Chat (#doulabizchat) we discuss client services. Many doulas offer services that are complementary to their doula services. We discuss the different services that doulas are currently being offered, brainstorm on other possible complementary services and discuss how and why we would want to add to our current practice.
Advantages of adding additional services
- Provide quality services to our clients
- Increase the earning potential of each client interaction
Most Common Complementary Services Offered
- Childbirth Education
- Lactation Consulting
- Placenta Encapsulation (this one is the most talked about right now!)
One of the doulas on video with me, Erin, brought up a great question. How does offering additional services have an impact on our Doula Code of Ethics? This is an excellent question! Each of us must evaluate this process and make sure that we are working within our scope. One thought that came from the chat box, was to create separate contracts for each of the services we offer. I also think that we need to make sure that our clients are aware of our training and certifications for all services that we offer.
Services Discussed on Video with links to training
- Car Seat Installation
- Dancing for Birth
- Pet Safety - Family Paws Parent Education
- Baby Food Preparation - Free Online Food Safety Training
What services do you offer? Are there trainings that you recommend? Please share in the comments!
Doula Business Chat - Session #6 - Hot Topics 0
March 15th we hosted our 6th Doula Business Chat (#doulabizchat). The Doula Business Chat is a discussion open to anyone who is interested in talking about doula work. The discussion takes place as a Google Hangout on Air and is completely free to participants.
The Our 6th Doula Business Chat (#doulabizchat) was a free form chat where we opened the discussion up to any hot topic that the participants wanted to talk about. It turned out to be a lively discussion about everything from doula rates to how to be a doula when you have small children. There were several doulas that joined on the video and loads that joined in the chat box.
What hot topics did we miss? Please enter your ideas for a Doula Business Chat Topic in the comments of this post.
Mark your calendar for the next Doula Book Club Chat featuring the book Natural Hospital Birth. The Chat will take place on May 14th at 9pm ET.
Doula Business Chat #4 - Staying Current 0
To stay current is to keep yourself up to date or informed on a particular topic. Staying current in the field of childbirth is essential for doulas and childbirth professionals. The concept of staying current could also include being informed on current trends for our customers, latest news and options for our local birth community and trends in the childbirth field. Continuing education is also important for professionals that carry a certification as those usually need to be renewed on a regular basis.
For the Doula Business Chat #4 we covered this topic and were thrilled to have Rebecca Dekker from Evidence Based Birth as our special guest. Rebecca shares how the frustration surrounding current research being hidden behind a pay wall lead her to the creation of her site.
Ways to Stay Current
From in person events to childbirth journals, there are a variety of ways to stay current. I have compiled a list (with links) below with my ideas along with those that came up in the chat. If you have ideas to add please leave a comment on the blog.
Reading Medical Research
Rebecca Dekker, shared a few ways to access research articles. Research can be expensive and difficult to access and hard to sift through as well.
- uptodate.com - Great resource, but very expensive to access
- Cochran Library - Lamaze Members get free access
- PubMed - Search and view article abstracts for free
If you enjoy research, but find it hard to process you will probably love both of these blogs. They take the research and present it in a way that makes it easy to understand.
I love attending conferences and find them to be an excellent way to keep up to date. While they can be expensive, the experience is so worth it. Attendees are able to learn by attending sessions as well as learn by connecting with other attendees.
- LamazeICEA 2015 Conference (I'll be there!)
- DONA (virtual conference this year)
- CAPPA Conference 2015
- Midwifery Today Conferences
- American College of Nurse Midwives Exhibition and Meeting (I'll be there)
There are so many continuing education opportunities I won't even try to list them all. They range from in person events to online classes. I have chosen a few that I have personally attended or were suggested on the chat.
- Online Doula Workshops (from my doula trainer Rae Davies)
- Birth Story Listening through Birthing From Within (recommended by Michelle Beaulieu)
Birth Journals are another excellent resource. Journal articles require a small investment of time but can be packed with good information.
- Lamaze – The Journal of Perinatal Education
- SQUAT Birth Journal
- DONA’s International Doula Magazine
- Midwifery Today
Books have always been a staple of staying current. There are so many wonderful books that I couldn't name them all. Brief Coaching for Lasting Solutions (Norton Professional Books) was recommended by Michelle Beaulieu during our chat. This sounds like a wonderful resource for sharpening our skills of interviewing and working with clients in their decision making process.
Announcing our Book Club
I'm super excited to announce a Doula Business Chat Book Club! The 1st Book Club Title is Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body, and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond We will discuss this book at Doula Business Chat #6 scheduled for Tuesday February 24th, 2015 at 10pm ET. I would love to hear suggestions for future book clubs. Please give your input in the comments of this blog.
Networking with your local birth community
Staying current with local birthing practices is another way to keep our practice up to date. In person networking events with your peer in your community is a wonderful way to do this. Connecting with doulas over coffee or a meal and discussing the latest practice at local hospitals, options available to the community and more is really invaluable. I have made it a goal for 2015 to do more networking in my community.
We have put together lots of ideas for way to stay current in our field. What ways do you enjoy? Is there something we should add to our list? Please submit a comment and give your input. Let's learn from each other!