Lent is beginning - Mini-Retreat
I will try to post here for my first post - however, I want you to join our newsletter for mother's so I can share with you in your inbox.
Before, I get into the retreat, what would you think if I sent you a text message once in awhile? I hear there is away to send SMS messages to a group for not much on my end - and would you opt-in for this idea? I want to reach people more - mothers, etc. The message would probably be short and prompt you to come to the blog or a page for the longer message - it could be to our blog or a sale - anyway, if you like this idea - let me know! I am just wanting to find out interest in this idea...
OK, so Lent is starting and I am terrible at planning for Lent-however, this year I want to walk it with Our Lady of Sorrows -so we will be going through her meditations and posting a passage about her Sorrows for each week - and if there's an extra week - we will wrap things up.
I also am trying to write a book about Bereavement and Our Lady of Sorrows. I wanted it to be kind of specific to miscarriages, etc. However, if you have a story to share under bereavement and it is not quite miscarriage category - I may still add in your story. So, send it to us via email@example.com and let us know to have permission to print it. We are not trying to make money off this book - but I may have to charge a small fee - I'll see about the publisher that I am working with right now.
So, we have two options for our retreat - you can sign up for our mother's newsletter and get in on it there or you can go to Facebook group and join it there and I"ll post something once a week.
I may also post here at the blog too. However, more info will be in the newsletter or group.
I like the group idea because we can talk about what we struggle with if so desired during Lent.
Go here to join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MiniMomRetreat/
OK, well, I hope you join our mini-retreat - most posts will be on Wednesdays!
A virtual doula helps a mother long distance and serves her via email, chat, phone, Raidcalll, Skype or other forms of communication - whatever works best for client and doula together.
A virtual doula will offer prenatal sessions - sometimes this can be done by emailing information or other times it can be powerpoint slides of instructions that help the mom know what to expect for her baby's birth.
During labor, the mom will probably call first to let doula know she's in labor, and either continue calling on/off or texting or other forms of "phone communication" that work for mom and doula - if you are real fancy "Face Time" or other apps. The dad may also text doula some during labor as mom maybe too busy with the contractions and such. The doula is there as a 'virtual assistant' so to speak. Also, the doula makes sure dad gets attention - she may actually be communicating more with him during labor - so this is a great way to be part of both parents as a virtual doula!
So, where do you find a virtual doula?
Glad you asked!
I offer these services as a way to reach out to Catholic or Christian mothers. These services maybe more affordable for mothers to try out instead of having a hands on doula - esp. if you are in an area where those doulas charge $1,000 or more a birth! Perhaps, you don't want that much hands on help - you have your spouse - so this is win-win . Your doula can listen to your fears, be your prayer partner, and help with seeking the best birth friend you have!
I offer various birth packages that include a special surprise box after birth.
I also can offer postpartum support - I know this may sound strange, but many moms need someone to talk to after birth - well I offer this kind of support as well.
Anyway, if you would like to know more information: http://avemariadoula.weebly.com to book me.
I offer free consult to see if virtual doula is the right way to go for your upcoming birth.
I also only take 2 clients a month - so get your request in early! God Bless!
Why a doula?
The researchers found that overall, people who have continuous support during childbirth experience a:
Holy Family and Doulaing...
Today's feast - at least in the Traditional Latin Mass is the Feast of the Holy Family.
I think this is a great time to consider what the Holy Family went through.
Mary and Joseph couldn't find "room in the inn" so they had their first born son- Jesus and laid him "in a manager" in "swaddling clothes".
I love this one - we like to train our doulas to know about swaddling the baby - so it is right here in the bible too!
So, the shepherds come and worship.
I believe the Holy Family must have also did the circumcision in the manager most likely. This is when Jesus was named as well. They must have gone to the temple to "purify Mary" though she was 100 percent holy - this was tradition and Mary submitted to this ritual. Then I believe the 3 wise men came sometime after this - that's just how I would see the order of things. It mentions that the three kings came to a "house" find the verse. So, the Holy Family did have a place in Bethlehem somewhere - now it could be that the cave/stable was near a house - so I don't know for sure if they were in a real house or still in the stable area when the wise men came - but the did see a star. However, remember in the Bible, the Wise Men even stopped in Jerusalem - it seemed the star had disappeared for a short time - they found out that the prophecies suggested the baby would be born in Bethlehem. They did seem to find the star again and find Jesus!
After the wisemen left their gifts, an angel told them to go home a different way. Then, another angel appeared to Joseph to go fly to Egypt as Herod was after killing all the babies ! So, Joseph obeyed and took Mary , Jesus and went immediately in the middle of the night to Egypt! Imagine the Holy Family being "homeless" in a way for a few years in Egypt. I am sure they did find a place to live, etc. Joseph was a resourceful man! Then finally, they hear from an angel that it is safe to return - but to go to Nazareth a safer region to live in. So, this is why Jesus is called a Nazarene.
So, what does all of above have to do with being a doula. First of all, we should meditate on life of Jesus - it is good for our doula souls! Secondly, we are reminded by this narrative, that no mother is perfect - she may have moved around 100 times or not be in the best place at this moment in her life - but she's having a baby and needs your best support. Don't judge a mother because of her circumstances. Look at the Holy Family they were even were homeless!
Third, the Holy Family shows that no matter what God is with us. If we are feeling discourage in our doula business - then pray and God will provide our needs and desires. So, think about above and pray to God for your doula business needs. Pray to the Holy Family!
Julie's 5 tips doula's need to know!
I am making a blogging goal to post something a t least once a week or so and it might be here or might be on Catholic365.com or the Facebook page - so you may want to look at www.catholic365.com as I can schedule things there and Facebook better - however, I still want to post on our website here as well. It gives someone a reason to come here to find news and such...so...now here are my tips...
1. If you are working with a virtual client - make sure you have the right time zone when talking to them. This happened to me recently and I totally forgot she was on Eastern time while I am in Central time zone! So, I had to reschedule with her and then my computer decided to update about the time I tried to chat with her - but at least I gave her something to read - so I do need to make sure my computer doesn't do that either - two tips in one here!!
2. Get a schedule - calendar online or on paper. At the moment I am thinking paper - here's why I share my computer with my family and we use it for school to husband's work - so that means a paper calendar might be better to write my schedule on. I can always put it on a digital one later! I really need an i-pad or something - LOL...
3. Make weekly goals and monthly goals. If you write it down it is more likely going to happen for you. There' s a book called "Write it Down Make it Happen" - I would suggest reading it for goal setting. So, set your doula goals or whatever kinds of goals you have in mind. This goes for mom goals too!
4. Now do your goal - if it just sits on paper nothing is going to get done - really take action on your goals! I just started teaching a new course and want to make it set up with specific time frames for the students - and my students help motivate me - I just got a student who wants to get started now - I love it. So, motivation and motivating students help me reach my goals!
5. Finding your clients - marketing hasn't been really my strong point - but one thing you can do even if you are a bit shy - get out into your community -go to events - go out to eat at the local cafe' and just meet people. This is going to be one of my goals for the new year - so hopefully you can do this too - even if you are shy - get out of your comfort zone!
I hope these tips help you reach your goals in year 2020. One of my goals is getting to press at least digital for now is our book "Doing Business the Doula Way" -so look for that in an online store near you - I'll post more once it goes to press - Lisa Van Der Wilt and I put this book together.
Mary's Expectation - a poem...
Mary's expecting a son
She set out to travel afar
The decree by Caesar said
To register Bethlehem star!
They traveled by day
They traveled by night
A donkey for the journey
It just felt right...
Mary was tired
They stopped for a drink
Three camels coming
They didn't even blink...
Joseph searched for a place
There was no room
The inn was full
This was so gloom...
However a boy said
Come over to this cave!
Then lay down here
Mary was so brave!
Then Jesus came....
He came like a Light!
The stars were twinkling
They were twinkling so Bright!
The Angels appeared
To the shepherds of the field of may
They sang to them
Jesus born today! Jesus born today!
Mary wrapped HIM
in swaddling clothes of hay
and laid HIM in the manager
as it was HIS birth Today!
as it was HIS birth Today!
By Rose Hill - aka Julie Larsen
Being a doula for a year has been one incredible journey. I have loved every moment of it. But somethings I wish I knew when I started my doula business are the following tips. These tips we hope you can become a better doula from or even learn more for your FUTURE business as a doula.
1. Don't bother with what other doulas think of you. Not every doula is going to like you. It isn't a field where most people like each other. I really was hoping that we all could work together but the competition can be hot. Don't let other's tear you down and what they do with their business you don't have to do with yours.
2. Set a Goal for your Business each month. Something I wish I did in the beginning of my business is creating goals in the beginning I just did my training when I could and that worked but as I got other jobs at the same time it was really hard on my system to keep it all organized.
3. Take time to improve yourself with more training and knowledge. Even if you don't offer lots of different packages in everything like babywearing, birth, postpartum, fertility, nutrition... etc. You can always learn more. Learn it so you can teach your clients what they may want to know. Take a different training each year to improve yourself.
4. Take a Training that you agree with morally. So many trainings have different mission statements. You may not agree with abortion, you may not want to take a training that supports that. You may also want to see what you believe in on other things as well as something you can learn before your training.
5. Don't forget that being a doula is after all a business and it is work. You need to remember to take care of yourself and don't obsess over this so much that you are unable to take care of your health, and family time.
Being a doula is amazing and I hope to continue being a doula for as long as I can before other things come up. But I wish I knew some of these things before I took my training, before having issues with other doulas because the competition was hot. Think about it and really do your research.
These are just the opinions of one doula. Lisa van der Wilt.
Join the Learning to Birth Conference
We found this wonderful conference online and you can learn so much from going to this conference everyday, but this is the last week to signup for FREE - so if you want the conference links in your inbox - go to www.learningtobirth.com and join the conference. One of my friends Maha Al Musa had a talk on it - so go learn about breastfeeding, birth, etc. Today's conference is from Anna Horn and breastfeeding!
This conference continues through November and ends on December 1st - so enjoy. We want to continue sharing links like this.
Oh, by the way, we are going to plan an online Catholic Doula Conference next year - so wait for that one - we finally decided that online 2020 Conference and we do hope to offer a least a workshop in New Jersey area and possibly Denver. I also had a request for Florida and California - but not sure I can do more than 2 a year - so we will see! We just want to be able to do workshops more - so we will see!!
So, go check out the Learning to Birth Conference!
New St. Zelie Parent Classes Starting in January!
Welcome to our blog - St. Zelie Parent classes will be starting in early January if we have signups. We started a new parent website at http://stzelie.weebly.com So, our parent classes are all online. They are meant for both parents to work through. However, if dad is busy - we kind of have dad section in each module or "suggested" area for dad to read. Also, there is suggested homework for both parents. The books you need for the course will be included in the $189 price for the class. Christ Centered Childbirth and The Gift of Birth are our readings for each module. This is a six week online class - but feel free to take your time for the class. We hope you will explore this new website.
Also, we will be posting more news articles on this section - so come on over and read our blog. We hope to post something fun to learn about once a week. If you subscribe to our "Mothers News" you will also be alerted to our blog posts.
We also have podcasts - and those will be part of our Mother's Newsletter - you subscribe for free and you will receive all our podcasts too! So, subscribe on our front page or email
So, Why Catholic Doula Program?
1. 100% Pro-life training - we will never preach anything that is against life from conception to birth - this is a child in God's eyes. No "abortion doula" baloney. All life is precious! If we get to a fertility doula course, no contraception (birth control) as this is also anti-life.
2. We are not politically correct! (We refer usually to father as that father/partner/husband) and mother as mother!
3. We offer spiritual based training from Gifts of Holy Ghost to Joys or Sorrows of Mary included in our training!
4. We want our students to be happy--interaction with student/teachers are important to us.
5. We devote a lot of time to making the curriculum affordable and updating it often--keeping it evidenced based as much as possible.
6. Rebozo training is included in the cost -- no need to take an extra rebozo course (birth doula only for this).
7. We offer all things in a Christian/Catholic format -- no "goddess worship".
8. Get a Mexican rebozo shawl with your birth doula course!