12 Business Courses for Doulas & Other Birth Pros

Over the last five years there has been an explosion of business support for birth professionals. All doula training organizations now include business training. In addition, there are a bevy of stand-alone business training workshops and courses to choose from. I’ve compiled some of the best of the best into one list. Every one has a unique perspective. Some are totally self …

Pulling Back the Curtain: My Anxiety Story

You can’t tell, but this picture was taken during a time when I was having multiple panic attacks a day. A time when I was so overwhelmed with anxiety that I didn’t leave my house or talk on the phone for more than three months. Most people don’t know about my struggle with anxiety but I think it’s time to talk openly about how my …

World Doula Week

March 22nd to 28th is World Doula Week where parents and professionals alike celebrate the unique contributions doulas are making to new families. For the last several years I have been delighted to provide “doula pride” badges for use on social media. Alas, each year people have wanted custom colors and I never had the availability to make individual badges. …

Sixteen Business Planners You’ll Love for 2016

I don’t know about you but I leave a veritable graveyard of planners in my wake. I’ve tried dozens of them with varying levels of success and learned that there is no one-size-fits-all planner. Some people want a by-the-hour daily planner to manage their schedule. Some people want a don’t-box-me-into-a-schedule goal planner. I’ve rounded up some of the most popular …

The H.E.A.R.T. Birth Business Community

By: Emily Fontes, Owner – Bloom Business Solutions What happened to me this last weekend has shaken our industry to the core. I’ve received hundreds of posts, comments, private messages, text messages and emails over the last few days, all positive, yet with an edge of sadness and desperation. So many people have asked me  “How does the doula community …

Placentas: Prepared in the Client’s Home or Specialist’s Workspace?

Apparently, the birth world has hit it’s next controversy. If you’ve missed the news, some “training organizations” are saying the only safe, legal and professional place to encapsulate a placenta is in the client’s home and the only person who should transport the placenta is the person who birthed it. While each training organization reserves the right to set their …

Quick Guide: 2015 Business Planners You’ll Love

I don’t know about you but I leave a veritable graveyard of planners in my wake. I’ve tried dozens of them with varying levels of success and learned that there is no one-size-fits-all planner. Some people want a by-the-hour daily planner to manage their schedule. Some people want a don’t-box-me-in-to-a-schedule goal planner. I’ve rounded up some of the most popular …

2015 Pregnancy, Birth, Baby Professional Conferences

I don’t know about you but I love a good birth conference (or breastfeeding conference, or midwifery conference)… the learning, the networking, the time away from laundry/dishes. Here is the current schedule for 2015 birth conferences. If you are a conference organizer and want yours listed, contact me. Also, check out my own Grow Your Birth Business Workshops available around …