Monday, May 19, 2008

Calling All Doulas!

In order to support the wonderful work of doulas, I'd like to dedicate a portion of the site to meeting the professional challenges facing doulas today....a resource library of sorts to make every doula's professional life a little easier.

So, I'd like to start a dialogue on the greatest challenges facing doulas today. Is it a lack of professional respect? A misunderstanding of the profession? Do you find that many of your families lack basic childbirth education information and that your home visits must also include a crash course in Childbirth 101?

Are there any resources you need to help you build your practice, such as:

  • Sample Contracts

  • Sliding Scale Fee Schedules/Waiver Forms

  • Family Handouts (& on what topics)

  • Marketing Materials

  • Introduction Packets for Physician's Offices, Hospitals, Etc

  • Tools & Techniques Cheat Sheets

  • Menu Planning Guides

  • Website Templates

or does anything else come to mind?

I'd love to be able to meet some of these needs...but in order to do so, I must know what your needs are!

So, don't hesitate to comment or send me an email~ any and all feedback is most welcome. I'll do what I can to support each doula in her work and start tackling these wishes as they come in.


Anonymous said...

I would love to see what you have for a sliding scale fee schedule/waiver. I usually adjust the amount on the contract and payment plan.

Catherine said...

Thanks for the feedback. I'll work on getting this posted to the site;-)

Catherine said...

Thank you everyone for emailing me your thoughts - everyone must be too shy to post them here;-)

A doula section is in development. I'll post updates here and in the Birthing Blocks ezine.

Olivia said...

How about how to keep your income organized. How do your organize your files, how long to keep client info docs, etc...

cara said...

I'm so excited to see that you are developing that as a section on your site. I have been directing women here for a while now- and love the information available on your site. To see you bringing more attention to labor doulas is wonderful. We need all the back up we can get ;-)


Vicki said...

thank you for thinking of us doulas! I do find that people dont understand my job and how I support women during labor. I am desperately trying to educate my area so that more people understand the role and purpose of a doula.

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