Disclaimer: This is a new Birth Freely venture for Birth Doulas, not parents. If you're a parent and reading this just know that this resource was all done with you in mind <3 If you're a doula and are curious about this new program, read on and see if you like what I'm throwing down!
"In a few short months, Cat was able to match me with enough clients that my "on the side" doula business became sustainable! I am watching my business grow and I owe a lot of it to Cat's guidance and referrals."
Its been almost a year since starting the Birth Freely Preferred Doula Program and WOW! It has been amazing to mentor newer doulas and help experienced doulas fill their schedules with referrals from Birth Freely. It has been incredible getting to know these great women who took the leap and started with me and I'm honored to have them as resources! I'll be highlighting them in the coming weeks but for now, I want to talk a little about the Birth Freely Preferred Doula Program.
What is the Birth Freely Preferred Doula Program?
Currently, the Birth Freely Preferred Doula Program is a referral program for amazing doulas that want more clients in the South Jersey, Central Jersey, Philly and Greater Philadelphia areas. This program is not a doula certification program but it includes trainings where most certifying agencies fall short - like in the areas of interviewing and business sense and marketing. (Birth Freely Preferred Doulas also get rad benefits like discounts on the EBB Professional Workshops)! The Birth Freely Preferred Doula Program not only promotes the very real idea that your doula business can be your career but it also uplifts the profession by finding the best doulas for birthing people, in turn making our birth community better!
How did the Birth Freely Preferred Doula Program come to be?
When I started in doula work in 2012, I realized quickly that never wanted to leave it. I loved supporting pregnant women and their partners through the birth experience. I learned something new at every birth, even my 100th birth! But, when 2019 came, it brought with it my fourth child and, with four young children, I found 24/7 on call life very difficult. Still, I kept getting inquiry after inquiry from women that had heard of me or that had been to one of my classes or that had just found me on the internet. I would refer them only to find out that my referral never went far and they didn't hire a doula at all. I was sitting with my husband one night, upset that women weren't getting the doula they wanted or needed and he said "why not set up the meeting for them?" I ran with the idea. I ran straight to the Evidence Based Birth® Instructor retreat where I got to sit in a room, surrounded by brilliant birth minds and I pitched them my plan. AND - they tore it apart! Like, for real, tore it right up. But! They did give me great ideas that melted into this program.
"Having Cat to text or call when I didn't know what to say or needed advice on a situation as priceless. Her support has boosted my confidence and made me a better doula!"
Are there levels of this Program?
Currently, there are no levels but this is in the works! In order to really help and further the field for doulas in turn making the birth community better as a whole, Birth Freely will begin a real training program focused on business marketing, advanced comfort measures, doula advocacy, and healing. This training program will be an extension of the certification work you've already done as a doula or can help if you plan not to certify. The membership levels are in the works and will be unveiled as early as January 2020.
Why would a birthing person want a Birth Freely Preferred Doula?
You mean besides the fact that they are totally BOSS? Clients of Birth Freely Preferred Doulas get amazing benefits such as deep discounts on any Birth Freely class or workshop and Cat as their birth mentor in the community. Its a win, win, win!
Are you accepting new Birth Freely Preferred Doulas?
Birth Freely is always looking for amazing doulas but right now, Birth Freely Preferred Doulas must have at least a year of experience. In 2020, we will start taking newer doulas. Go ahead and fill out the interest form below if you would like to start the conversation abut becoming a Birth Freely Preferred Doula!
Through stations, role plays, and discussion, attendees gain hands on experience that they can bring to their work in the birthing room with patients and clients. Super Users even get curriculum to take back with them to their hospitals to teach their peers and colleagues the evidence based comfort measures they learn during our time together!
In this workshop, you are exposed to different comfort measures that you may have never heard of before as well as getting the evidence behind the support you are giving to your patient.
Don't miss out on your chance to have intraprofessional development with birth workers in our community while earning CEUs and valuable tools for your tool kit!
Cat is the founder of Birth Freely Birth Services. Her passion is empowering women through education and providing them with continuous labor support so they can have the birth they desire!