Black Friday specials...
We should support small businesses this week. This is Thanksgiving week and Black Friday weekend. I know a lot of you might already be "Black Fridayed" out . However, small businesses are people we should be supporting this season - not the big box stores.
If you are looking for a specialty item or small business to shop at - then consider supporting Catholic Doula as well. We have a small birth shop. Go here to see what we have in our birth shop!
Another thing I do is make chapel veils. I finally got my Etsy shop back; so if you are looking for a homemade chapel veil - this is my shop below: https://www.etsy.com/shop/stellamarisveils
Another thing to consider is donating to our scholarship fund. I have given out several partial scholarships to students this year in order for students to be able to afford our classes; so they basically got in at almost half off. So, if you have an extra cash in your pocket to donate to our scholarships - we will have a Mass offered for all of our benefactors: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/catholicdoulaprogram
(Sorry, that's the only link I have for donations right now).
We are attempting to get away from PayPal but I can only do donations through that processor. We have decided to make most of our shop items Square payments in order to support more pro-life things. It takes a bit longer to fill out the forms - so please be patient with that and we don't store your addresses or anything like that - so your privacy is protected when purchasing items from our store. If you prefer to send a check, we can let you know where to send checks too. Thank you so much.
Please remember to shop small businesses this season! God Bless!
Doulaing for the Holidays...
Hi, I haven't had a chance to write a blog post lately - so the holidays are right around the corner and in fact it snowed here! What fun! Gets you in the mood for holiday cheer!
So, what is it like to do doula work around the holidays? What are things that might come up?
Inductions! That is a big thing that may come up more often. The doctors are not having the mother's best interest in mind. They want to sell the idea of getting the baby out before Christmas instead of waiting for baby to come on his/her own timing. So, if you have a client due in December, make sure she knows her "informed consent" when it comes to inductions. Be more prepared to fight this (esp. if that is what your client wants to have a natural birth) then this is one thing you both can fight together. Gather all the evidence based research (in fact go to Evidence Based Birth(c) if you want more info about inductions). Make sure your client's doctor knows she does not want an induction. Make sure he/she is agreeable. Then let nature takes its course and yes it is OK to have a baby on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day - Jesus was born on that day - why not share that day with Jesus' birth?! (Hey, I am Christian so please excuse if you are not into this).
After the baby arrives (on his/her own timing), celebrate your client's birth with an extra special gift for her birthing around the holidays. If your client is Christian, you may want to gift them a special Christmas onesie for the baby for instance! Get creative for your gift giving for clients! If your baby is Jewish, I am sure the mom may enjoy something along that theme as well.
Anyway, just remember to stand your ground when it comes to holidays and doulaing! Inductions should only be done for real true reasons, not because of the holidays! And mothers need to learn to stand their ground or they will end up with a birth that they do not desire. So, be the information source for your doula clients and help them have the best holiday birth possible!
By Julie Larsen - Picture is from unsplash.com - Thank you.
Make some herbal gifts for Christmas...
Announcing our new and improved Mama Herb and Aroma course - note you do not have to be a "mother" to join the class - anyone who would like to learn more about herbs and aromatherapy can join.
The class is 6 modules for herbs - going from fertility herbs-postpartum herbal ideas. The last 3 modules are about aromatherapy or combo (gift idea) module.
Go to this page to get more information and signup. We finally decided on Hart Song Herbal school as the official name of the Herbal things we plan to offer.
So, you may ask if I have credentials to teach herbs? Yes! I took Grandma's Hands Herbal Course awhile back and I have a Master Herbalist Certificate from International Open Academy. I also have taken some classes via Udemy as well. So, I thought it was time to open up something a little more in depth.
We hope you will come on over and learn with us.
If you are considering becoming a doula, please let us know as well, we are extending our 15% off doula sale for this month of November and offering low down payments as one option to get started quicker - message us via contact page for information!
Also, we are doing a book giveaway- you can enter on the front page form.
We already did the rebozo drawing and gave away the rebozo. Thank you.
We do still offer a rebozo course - it has moved to Rebozo Thinkific website. Go here to connect and get a free preview!
Juliana Larsen is the author of the Catholic Doula Blog.