Dear Friends of Catholic Doula Program,
We are hosting our 10th Anniversary sale from March 17-23 and mini conference! I'll be doing probably at least 2 of Facebook lives in our www.facebook.com/groups/FreeDoulaCourse(Become a Catholic Doula group). I am also going to pre-record some fun things for doulas and mamas to watch as part of the mini-conference! The conference is "give from your heart" towards our scholarship fund - so you will be able to signup with one of our 3 -tiers for this mini-conference. $15, $35, or $55 donation. If you are not on Facebook for Lent, then we will also have at least one live webinar during that Anniversary week, that you can come to as well!
We will also be hosting a sale on our classes - that week only will have special DAILY event sale- if you miss that day - it goes away!!
Bookmark this week - ANY class maybe on special on a particular day. So, if you have been wanting to grab up a fertility class or breastfeeding class for less - this is your chance!! Be on our mailing list to get best dibs. We are now using mailerlite as it seems we get more opens that way. We will still use reachmail and our new email email@example.com for some newsy emails too. Remember to "whitelist" above or check your spam or other folders for past newsletters from us and whitelist them. Thank you.
I will announce more soon on the upcoming Anniversary sale week and what we will be doing for the conference week. I hope you can attend. The conference will be mostly pre-recorded content - so, you enroll and you get private access to a special place to access the mini-conference content. We may set it up at Thinkific or something like that - the link will be given to "pay with your heart" conference members only. We appreciate you supporting our scholarship fund. If you want to give more than the highest level - please let us know!
The conference will have content pertains to both mamas and doulas! Thank you. God Bless!!! Go to our contact page to be added to our mailing list!
Reason #1: If you have wanted to work with women and herbs, then this class gives you knowledge of herbs, we study 2 herbal books and our manual for this class.
Reason #2: If you have wanted to work with women and aromatherapy, then this class gives you knowledge also of aromatherapy and how to use it for fertility to postpartum. We have one aroma book we use for this class plus our manual. Read more about our class here!
Reason #3: If you have wanted to work with women from fertility to postpartum (includes pregnancy), then this is the class for you! Note: We also offer a $100 discount for co-enrollment in this course and our fertility doula course. Our class mostly focuses on herbs and aroma for fertility -if you want the charting and all that other jazz - you need to co-enroll in our fertility doula class too!
What do I study? You study 5 books and 2 more books for reviews. Your studies include: 2 Herbal Books (one woman herbal), one postpartum book, one aroma book, one business book, one nutrition and one pregnancy book - the last 2 you can have choices of what to read. We know this seems like a lot - but your studies are over a few months with a break for summertime!!
Join our FREE webinar about this class on Tuesday Evening next week on the 13th of February (this is updated date). If you want to get the free webinar go to the Holistic Woman's Health page to register or our contact page. Thank you.
Bonus Reasons: If you enroll in our Magnificat Holistic Woman's Health Course by March 31, 2024, you receive $100 extra off our pilot pricing. Message me for full pricing or come to the free webinar!
Get into our free webinar we are hosting on February 13, 2024 - go to our page to register! Thank you!
1. The fields are very similar - no surprise here - becoming a childbirth educator can give you more knowledge as a doula and you can potentially make more money too. Imagine offering a doula and childbirth educator combo package!
2. Flexible hours - As a childbirth educator, you are NOT "on call" and you can choose the days or evenings you want to teach a class or even an online class. I prefer to teach online! I have parent classes listed on our Catholic Doula site.
3. Your "prenatals" as a doula should not be a childbirth class series; so if the couple you are working with has little or no knowledge than they will enjoy the fuller CBE series once you have training. We have the Magnificat childbirth educator training - click here for info!
4. Your clients can overlap - pretty much already mentioned this above - offering a package deal can help clients choose you over a childbirth class at the hospital! Plus, you can show your clients neat and new fun techniques that they may not get at a hospital class.
5. So, do you want to enroll as a Magnificat Childbirth Educator? Go here to signup! We maybe doing a special deal thru February on this class check the page!
A bereavement doula helps with death and dying, and our specific program is meant for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. A bereavement doula is someone who helps women with miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. I recently became a bereavement doula for a special couple. I started out as a childbirth educator teacher for this couple (I'll give them fake names for this article) name Marion and Michael B. They were the sweetest couple it seemed when we met online. We only had one class and Marion went into labor like the very next day and had her baby! I was excited for them. The baby was a preemie, so their baby boy stayed in the hospital for some time - I think it was a good month to 6 weeks. Anyway, he finally got to go home and they baptized him on a Marian feast day. Well, this little baby died of unknown causes within a week of his baptism day. I was broken-hearted. I reached out and offered any thing I could as a bereavement doula. We talked for a bit and answered any questions they had about their loss.
Why become a bereavement doula? To help couples have someone to lean on during a trial of their life and know that there is hope. To just be there and hold space for bereavement. We also can be information centers. One question they asked me right away - How to stop the breastmilk flow.... however, some mamas decide to continue pumping milk for a time to donate the milk to a milk bank to help other babies. I think this is the best gift you can give. However, if the couple is not interested in this option - then I give them resources on how to stop breastmilk naturally. Anyway, this is a good example of what a bereavement doula can do and help with. We also can help with funeral arrangements and making sure the couple gets fed - start up a meal train can be helpful during a time of loss.
For Valentine's month, I am offering a $100 discount on our bereavement doula course with print book option, please read more about our class here: Bereavement updated to register. This discount is good thru February 29, 2024.
Here's our tentative calendar for the coming year! If you are wanting to plan a vacation time - then look at our schedule, so you can take that vacation and still doula train!!
Dates For Fast-track classes for 2024 tentative:
Magnificat Woman's Health Class - full name is Magnificat Holistic Woman's Perinatology Practitioner Course - Starts in February 2024-Sept/Oct. 2024 (meets monthly) - recordings will be available for all enrollees - so one can join at anytime this spring! We highly recommend early so you can save $$$ - special pricing! Virtual Skills weekend free for first 3 students!
Birth Doula Training Class: Early Bird Feb. 15th - class starts March 2nd - April 2024
Postpartum Doula Class - April 2024 - Early Bird by Holy week
Birth Doula - May 2024 - Early Bird in April 2024 (see combo below)
Teen Explore Classes - June and July
Birth and postpartum combo class over the summer starts with May continues with June-July for postpartum doula - one can enroll for just birth doula May-June or postpartum June-July if so desired! If you want both - plan on a late vacation! Or better yet - take our class with you on VACATION - why not sit on the beach and watch our live class sessions? Why not sit on a mountain top and still get our recorded class too! You can do this class ON Vacation if so desired!!
August/September Birth Doula class - Back to school can mean back to school for you too - drop your kid off at school and then hit the doula books too! Time to study even if you homeschool!!
October/November Postpartum doula: Join our fall postpartum doula training - fit into your schedule time to learn about postpartum!
Magnificat Woman's Health Class may start up again another class for fall as well.
Nov-December Christmas Specials - for self-paced and Winter 2025 Birth doula fast-track will be hosted!
We are creating our new Magnificat Woman's Coaching Program and I finally decided on the perfect name Magnificat Holistic Woman's Perinatology Practitioner Program or MHWPP or HWPP for short! We are very excited about this program. This program will encompass learning about herbs, aromatherapy, alternative therapies (healing arts) and more in our holistic course. Our focus for woman's health will be 3 areas: fertility, pregnancy and postpartum. We will mostly be focusing on herbs for the fertility part and nutrition. If someone wants to have the know how about cycles and such then the student should take our Magnificat Fertility Doula course - we will give a discount to any student who wants to co-enroll in both courses together. We will have some required book reading of 6 books or so - yes, it seems like a lot - but don't worry you have plenty of time to read through the books. You will have a type of quiz over each book too. If you want a free brochure about our program please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form! Thank you. We will eventually have the brochure in the birth shop area too.
We found a way to continue doing newsletters - we now have a new domain email@example.com. So, look for a new issue later this week about our new program too.
Our new Magnificat Woman's Coaching program will launch soon - we hope to launch it in early February and guess what - we are offering PARTIAL scholarships for the first pilot class - so if you are interested in this - please stay tuned. Or contact us!
See next post about our Rebozo Workshop on January 25th!
Who knows who started this, but I just found out this week that newsletter programs are changing and some kind of new law about spam is making us re-think the way newsletters are sent out. Anyway the point is that newsletters are now requiring new authentication stuff plus "domain name" email accounts to send most of the emails through to your inbox. Unfortunately, I have not been using a "domain name" email - such as catholicdouladomain.com for my emails. I may still get one! However, I am probably going to be sending out less emails starting Feb. 1st till I can figure all this "programing" my email newsletters to you. In fact, I may just say forget about it. I thought, why not just post a blog once a month online instead? So, for now, I am asking you to come here every Monday to get a new update of what we have to offer to you as a mother, parent, or doula! I'll be updating information about our courses and offerings on this blog.
I am also going to be creating a special homeschool website as well as I am branching out into making a homeschool curriculum this year! Information will be posted later on that part.
For now, we just wanted to inform you of this newsletters are becoming harder to put out and I may just blog instead and IG and FB more as well. If you are not following us on Instagram we are @catholicdoula13 up there! Our Facebook Page is Pro-Life Doula Association and Catholic Doula.
If I figure out the tech stuff, then I'll probably put out a newsletter still, I will let you know!
I will have another post about our January 25th Rebozo workshop! See you in the next post. Thank you.
We got festive and decided to make our own version of the 12 Days of Christmas below! Plus items in our Birth shop are on sale that are related to the song!
On the first day of Christmas my doula gave to me…. A baby in a rebozo. (Go to birth shop to get a rebozo!)
On the second day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Two Sidney Christmas Stories and a baby in a rebozo. Get your Sidney Stories on PDF here!
On the third day of Christmas my doula gave to me…. Three Doula Courses (for one price), Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a rebozo. Want our special doula course deal - go here!
On the fourth day of Christmas my doula gave to me…. Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. Gift Cards are on sale for 40% off plus you can get our doula journal and other items discounted - go to the birth shop!
On the Fifth day of Christmas my doula gave to me… FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. (Rebozo link)
On Sixth day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. (Childbirth class link)
On the Seventh day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Seven Sleep Consultants, six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo.
On the Eighth day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Eight Breastfeeding Classes, Seven Sleep Consultants, six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. (Breastfeeding course)
On the Ninth day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Nine Fruits of Fertility, Eight Breastfeeding Classes, Seven Sleep Consultants, six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. (Fertility doula class)
On the Tenth day of Christmas my doula gave to me… 10 Affirmation Cards, Nine Fruits of Fertility, Eight Breastfeeding Classes, Seven Sleep Consultants, six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. (Affirmations)
On the Eleventh Day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Eleven Dad Boot Camp Classes, 10 Affirmation Cards, Nine Fruits of Fertility, Eight Breastfeeding Classes, Seven Sleep Consultants, six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses, Two Sidney Christmas Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo. (Childbirth Class)
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas my doula gave to me… Twelve Holistic Herbal Classes, Eleven Dad Boot Camp Classes, 10 Affirmation Cards, Nine Fruits of Fertility (classes), Eight Breastfeeding Classes, Seven Sleep Consultants, six childbirth classes, FIVE RING SLINGs, Four Gift Cards, Three Doula Courses (for one price), Two Sidney (Christmas) Stories, and a baby in a Rebozo! Lacta-Herbalist course enrollment!
O' Antiphons start this week as a preparation for Christmas. So, I thought I would offer a reflective blog on this with a doula twist :)
December 17th O SapientiaLATIN: O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodidisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.
English: O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.
Prudence is a virtue. Father Rickaby aptly renders it as “right reason applied to practice”. Its function is to point out which course of action is to be taken in any round of concrete circumstances. As mothers we need prudence in making decisions about everyday life to pregnancy and birth. If you are currently pregnant, you maybe asking - who will be my provider? Where will I give birth? Will I do a natural birth this time? Will I have an epidural?
Doulas: We can guide mothers to helping them make right decisions. If they ask us for an opinion - remember to back it up with evidence. Say, "the evidence shows homebirth is safe" and then give an example for instance. This way you are gently giving the mother still the option to take this information or not in an evidence way!
OK, on to the next O'Antiphon...
December 18th: "O Adonai"
LATIN: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.
ENGLISH: O Lord and Ruler the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.
Mamas - sometimes you just want to burn something or at least feel angry? Yep, we have had those days where everything seems to fall apart. Turn to God the Ruler and ask him for some extra help! That's all you have to do is turn to Him in prayer!
Doulas: Do you ever feel frustrated about birth or postpartum? This is also your turn to turn to God the Ruler and ask for help too!
December 19th: O Radix Jesse...
LATIN: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare.
ENGLISH: O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come, to deliver us, and tarry not.
Mamas: Preparing for Christ's birth can be hectic and are we about to "deliver" a baby soon? (If pregnant mama here) - Prepare for your baby's birth by contemplating Jesus' birth too!
Doulas: Feeling prepared for helping mamas can be daunting - do not get burned out. Take time for self-care or take on less clients if you are feeling overwhelmed.
December 20th: O Clavis David
LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris.
ENGLISH: O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison.
Mamas: Have you asked God for the key to a happy and better birth experience? One of those keys is letting go of fears and even letting go of being in control. Letting HIM take over your upcoming labor and delivery experience - you won't regret giving him whatever outcome to be. You may be surprised at how easy your birth will become!
Doulas: We also need to yield to God in labor and birth. We should yield to the experience. Do not try to control things - give it all to God and He will take over the experience the best way and best outcome!
December 21st: O Oriens...
LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis.
ENGLISH: O dawn of the east, brightness of light eternal, and sun of justice: come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Mamas: This passage suggests we look to the East and the Star of Christ coming at Epiphany (Christmas). How have we prepared our hearts for Christmas this year? Are we focusing on the secular or are we preparing for spiritual side of things? If not, let's take time this week to go to confession and confess things.
Doulas: Ditto for above!
December 22nd: O Rex Gentium
LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.
ENGLISH: O King of the gentiles and their desired One, the cornerstone that makes both one: come, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth.
O come, Desire of nations, bind. In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease; And be Thyself our King of peace.
Mamas: Wow, this one really is breaking us down to dust... reminds me - have you swept your house lately? Maybe this passage is reminding us to keep our house and hearts clean for Jesus' birth. Is there something you need to do spiritually or physically this week to prepare for Jesus. Take time to do it!
Doulas: This reminds us to be humble as doulas - do not go out and be boastful of your accomplishments too much. It is ok to market your services - but also give free content to your mamas as well.
December 23rd: O Emmanuel
LATIN: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.
ENGLISH: O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.
Mamas - Jesus is almost here. Are we ready for HIM? Take time today to pray a Rosary or read something spiritual to keep HIS love in our hearts. If you are pregnant and expecting a baby, count all the blessings of this season and ask Jesus to help you deliver your baby safely!
Doulas - Jesus is almost here - are you ready for HIM? Also, take time to pray a Rosary or say a prayer for any of your mama clients!
December 24th is Christmas Eve! This year it is on a Sunday. So, are you wanting to know what fulfills your obligation for Sunday.
*You can go to Evening Mass on Saturday! You can go to Sunday morning Mass or a noon Mass. I don't think there are any late Masses this weekend.
Any Evening Masses will probably be anticipation for Christmas or Midnight Mass!
So, since Christmas is also a Holy day - you will need to go to a second Mass the next day (if going on Sunday or even going to Midnight Mass).
Check your Sunday bulletin for anything about when your Mass schedules will be!
By the way, if you want a last minute Gift Card to our Birth shop - we are offering a 40% off on our gift cards - this means you can save money on a future item. Note: Gift cards that are on sale are not good on full doula courses, but will be good for mini classes, books and things like that. Thank you.
Please note the Sale for gift cards is good from today through December 24th. Thank you. :)
September 28th | Mary Undoer of Knots
German Nobleman Wolfgang Langenmantel and his wife, Sophie, had marital problems and were on the brink of a divorce. Wolfgang was very distraught, and went to Jesuit priest Fr. Jakob Rem for counseling.
The two prayed together to the Blessed Virgin Mary for Wolfgang’s marriage each time they met.
While meeting for the last time on Sept. 28th, 1615, Wolfgang provided Fr. Rem with his wedding ribbon, which was used during his wedding ceremony to tie the couple together as a symbol of unity.
Fr. Rem then took the ribbon, lifted it up next to an image of Our Lady of the Snows, and asked Mary if she would “untie the knots” of Wolfgang’s marriage. The ribbon then loosened, completely untied, and became extremely white.
Even though precise details were not given, Wolfgang and Sophie reconciled after this happened.
(This is the primary story behind the painting, but referring to Mary as an untier of knots goes back to St. Irenaeus, in the second century.
St. Irenaeus said, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”)
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Juliana Larsen is the author of the Catholic Doula Blog.