Free doulas devalue the profession. Doulas who serve for free or low-cost is a common controversial issue in Doula Land. Regardless of your personal feelings on catering to the client’s income more than your own family’s needs, reality is doulas that have to make money at whatever career they have (Hint: they’ve got bills to pay and kids to feed) get stomped out by neighboring doulas who work for less than minimum wage. It is extremely hard to compete with free anything. Try being a $300 childbirth educator who teaches in an area where the hospital has free classes. Try selling $20 paperback books on a topic that consumers can get free (crappy) eBooks on. Try being a doula that needs to make a living wage in an area with a free doula who clearly has somebody else paying all her bills. They can still run a successful business, but it’s a lot more challenging to charge a fair wage for the amount of hours worked when society has it in their head that doulas are supposed to be $3 an hour (do the math and break down the business costs, taxes, hours put in, weeks or months served, and sacrifices of being on call).
Free doulas are destructive to the doula community. They send the message to the public that doula work is charity work. They often criticize doulas for charging fair wages because there are people who can’t afford to hire a professional support person. Saying doula services are free for everybody is a very different message than a doula who sets her prices at fair value but offers a sliding fee scale for low-income families. You can be helpful to low-income families as you personally are financially able to give without declaring the entire doula career field should be free or low-cost charity work.
Cheap doulas give the message that doulas are not worth paying. They’re saying that their round-the-clock hours of work is worth less than minimum wage. Their months of service to a family have less monetary value than the crappiest fast food joint in town. They’re sending the message that people are entitled to doula services – that a total stranger is entitled to have a woman serve them and be on call 24/7 to provide services without being willing to pay that woman fair wages or even federal minimum wage. And these people find it acceptable to ask a woman to work without pay potentially for months per client. Not only are free doulas working without pay, they are going in debt to do their job. It costs money to become a doula. It costs money to buy your doula bag supplies and teaching supplies. I don’t know where you live, but around here gas prices can eat up your checkbook. Doulas typically serve a 1 to 1 ½ hour radius driving back and forth to do consultations, prenatal appointments, postpartum appointments, and of course the births. They come to the birth and they do spend money for gas, parking, food, etc… Are they not even worth reimbursing for that? Do people think so little of doulas that they “can’t afford” to pay for their parking when they come to the hospital to support them hour after hour? Then they pay for continuing education. There are taxes to be paid, business licenses to pay for, marketing expenses, and more. A doula literally goes in debt for every client they serve. Who is paying their bills?
Ironically, the doulas who passionately do this charity work actually end up causing fewer women to have access to doulas. When living wage doulas can’t sustain a business because of local free doulas this leaves a community with fewer doulas. It hurts the birthing community. Not to mention, it destroys the career of a hard working woman trying to be a doula who may be struggling with poverty herself. For those doulas who are in poverty, it keeps them trapped there when communities don’t value the products and services that impoverished small business owners work hard to offer. It’s tough to break through this stereotype and declare your doula services are worth – at minimum – enough to survive with your head above the poverty line. It’s necessary to break this stereotype though. This idea – this notion that people can ask a woman to work without pay and go in debt to serve them for weeks as if they were entitled to what they can get out of her – needs to be smashed. Break it. Stop following the tradition of letting doulas be used, especially when people are able to pay fair wages.
Doulas are free to run their business however they choose. I hope they choose to take these things into consideration.
And to the newer doulas who think they have to work for free, please don’t buy into the lie that you aren’t even worth paying for gas money and hospital parking. I’m not opposed to new doulas volunteering. I very much understand that nobody wants to give a brand new doula a chance. If you personally can afford to volunteer and you’re comfortable with doing that to gain experience, then do so. But please don’t think that you can’t charge anything because no one will find you worthy.
Let me tell you a marketing secret.
People value what they pay for.
If you declare yourself valuable, you’ll attract people who see your worth.
If you declare yourself worthless, you’ll attract people who agree.
Adjust your prices. Declare that – at the very least – you’re worth paying what you invest into serving each client. Have you done the math on your doula business? Do you keep track of all your investments and expenses? After all that and the huge chunk of taxes businesses pay, how much profit are you taking home? Probably not much. Now figure out how many hours you put into each client between the birth itself, the appointments in person, any classes you teach one-on-one, answering calls and responding to emails, doing research for them, etc….
Your profit divided by the number of hours….
What is it?
Is it even $5 an hour? That’s really sad. If you’re not making at least $15 an hour, how successful is your business? If you’re not making a bare minimum living wage, you don’t have a profitable business that can sustain your family. Set your prices at a living wage. It’s okay to set them higher too. This isn’t a clock in clock out entry level job that requires no education or skill. This is a round the clock, always on call, physical and emotional job that requires serious support skills.
You’re worth decent pay.
There are quite a few doula training programs out there. How do you know which one to choose? If you’d like to take a look at some programs, here is a directory of every single doula training I know of. I’ve compared all of these programs repeatedly before concluding which organizations are recommendable. Here is what I look at.
Comment below with the doula training program you chose, why you chose that one, and what your review is.
You want to wow people. You want them to see your website and know that they want you. People should be able to come to your website, and not only see all about what you do, but also get a glimpse of who you are. You want your passion to shine through. Yet you’re wondering where to even start. You know a website is an essential part of marketing for any business. It’s not easy to figure out what to say and how to fit everything together. I’ve seen many, many doula websites and web pages. There are some beautiful sites out there. I’ve also noticed a lot of sites that didn’t say where they were located or how much it costs. I’ve seen quite a few with broken links, poor grammar, font that can’t be read, and navigation that doesn’t flow well. That being said, a well done website is a jewel to be proud of. It’s not easy to create websites. Make yours unique. Let it reflect the authentic you. I hope this blog gives you a good start to molding your masterpiece of a website.
So let’s talk about what a doula website needs to have as well as some optional things to enhance the viewer’s experience.
You also have the option of doing blogs. This can bring website traffic. Blogs are also an easy way to reference topics you talk to clients about. Please do include a blog directory. My website www.LeannaMae.org has a blog timeline directory with the newest listed first + a blog topical directory. It’s easier for me to quickly reference a blog without having to search for it. It’s also tremendously easier for readers to find a specific blog as well as view the variety of blogs available to read. I’ve actually never seen another website have blog directories like that. I wish all the bloggers I follow would add that feature.
Of course, include any products you sell related to birth work.
Some doula websites will have a members only area where your clients can log in to access info exclusively for them.
The pages should be aesthetically pleasing. Here are some things to check for from a reader’s perspective before you publish your website.
This blog should send you well on your way to getting you started. You’ll always be able to update your site. You can switch out your stock photos from time to time. You can freshen the website for each season. Have fun making your website. This is your artwork. Paint a picture of who you are to share with the world on your little piece of the web.
One of the hardest things about running any small business is marketing. Creating a consistent flow of clients and making enough money to pay the bills is no easy feat. Is it just me or does it seem like successful business owners keep their marketing techniques a secret? Being a doula is an especially challenging business to launch and keep steady. I don’t see other doulas as competition. There’s a right doula for everyone. Can we share what helps sustain doula work? Will you share your marketing tips with your fellow birth workers? Attached below is a PDF with over 50 ways to market a doula business. You are welcome to print it out and utilize it in your own practice. I sincerely hope this helps your business thrive. I would love to see doulas everywhere flourishing and becoming more common in our culture. If you have any additional marketing techniques, please comment below.
Should baptism be “in the name of Jesus” or
“in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”?
Before we begin, let’s remind ourselves how truthful the bible is. The Word of God is pure truth. It does not lie. It does not contradict itself. In the New Testament, verses should complement each other. If you’re interpreting certain verses in a way that makes other verses wrong or not valid for Christians today, you need to spend some time on that topic.
While there is much to be discussed on the topic of baptism, this blog is solely about the name to do it in.
These are the verses we’re going to be focusing on: Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12-17, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 19:1-7.
Let’s take a look at these verses.
All of these are from the New International Version.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.
Other verses to consider are Acts 22:16, Galatians 3:26-28, and Colossians 2:9-13.
What name should you be baptized in?
A lot of churches baptize “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. There are also churches that baptize “in the name of Jesus”. Are they both the same? Does it matter? Is one a valid baptism and another invalid? Is one way right and the other way wrong? What does the bible say? Matthew 28:19 says to go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:38 we are taught to repent, be baptized in Jesus’ name for the forgiveness of sins, and that we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:12-17 tells us about people who had been baptized in the name of Jesus, but still needed the Holy Spirit. In Acts 10:44-48 the Gentiles (non-Jews) received the Holy Spirit and Peter commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. In Acts 19:1-7 there were people who had been baptized into John’s baptism that Paul taught about the baptism we are supposed to have and they got baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 1:11-17 Paul asked the quarreling Corinthians if they were baptized in the name of Paul.
Jesus himself taught the disciples how to baptize. He made sure they had it right. Earlier I mentioned that all Scripture is accurate. All of the New Testament is relevant for us. Matthew and Acts are equally accurate and relevant. Remember I told you that your interpretations of bible verses should never contradict other bible verses, but they should complement other verses. The way you interpret things should have bible verses all supporting each other. This is one of those subjects you really need to keep that in mind with. It is not listen to the instructions in Matthew or listen to the instructions in Acts. Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38 mean the same thing.
Some denominations say when the bible says to baptize in the name of Jesus that is an abbreviation for “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Why would God abbreviate that? I don’t know of anything else in the bible that is abbreviated. Of all things, why abbreviate something so important? And how do you get J-e-s-u-s out of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? The interpretation that baptism in the name of Jesus is an abbreviation for baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is unbiblical. The name of the Son is Jesus. Jesus tells us he has come in his Father’s name (John 5:43) and that the Father will send the Holy Spirit in his name (John 14:26). God’s name is Jesus. There is no other name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). A lot of denominations say that baptism in “Jesus’ name” only means in the authority of Jesus. With that interpretation, Scripture doesn’t mean what it plainly says plus you’re supposed to use the authority of Jesus’ name without actually saying his name but instead saying in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. If you were to hand me a pen and ask me to write down my name, I would write “Leanna”. I wouldn’t write “your name”. Likewise, if I asked you to write down God’s name, you would write “Jesus”. I doubt you would write “God’s name” on the paper. When we are instructed to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we know that “the name” is JESUS. We are baptized into Christ. We are buried with Christ in baptism and raised in Christ. It makes sense to be baptized in the name of who we are being buried with and raised with and saved by — Jesus. The bible says we need to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a PDF handout that can be freely distributed. It is directed at patients. Doctors, midwives, childbirth educators, doulas, or other birth workers are welcome to distribute on your website or via email provided that the document is not modified.
Here are over 80 study methods for health sciences, health care, allied health, nursing school, and med school. Techniques are broken down into 10 different areas.
Studying health sciences and health care is no easy task. Even the smartest of students can struggle. When I was in college, I started to struggle once I got into my science classes. I didn’t understand why I was struggling on the tests because I love science. I absolutely love anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and classes like that. The topics in class fascinated me. I realized the reason I was struggling was because I didn’t know how to study. I’d never really had to. I easily aced my way through elementary/middle school far ahead of everyone. High school classes didn’t challenge me. I could be top of the class in advanced environmental studies without any effort. College is a different ball game. I didn’t start college until I was 26. Times have changed. Technology has changed. The way classes are taught is so different. After some bumpy grades, I realized I needed to make a comprehensive study plan. Here it is. Don’t procrastinate.
May I tell you something about studying for health care? This isn’t about the grades. This is about what comes after college. Understanding and remembering the things taught to you in your health sciences and health care classes is what enables you to take care of people. Don’t cram study. Don’t rush. You can go to school part time if you need to. This is not about your GPA. This is about being an intelligent and capable doctor or nurse or whatever kind of health professional you will become. Don’t just study to pass a class and move on. Study to grow your mind and your abilities to be a caregiver.
Let’s look at how to improve your learning by maximizing the following areas.
GATHERING YOUR MATERIAL
PREPARING FOR CLASS
WHILE IN CLASS
MEMORIZING THE INFORMATION
FOR A TEST
Let’s look at how to improve your learning by maximizing the following areas.
GATHERING YOUR MATERIAL
PREPARING FOR CLASS
WHILE IN CLASS
MEMORIZING THE INFORMATION
FOR A TEST
We are commanded to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, but those instructions didn’t really come with an easy to follow checklist of do’s and don’ts. Sharing the gospel can be intimidating! There are endless possibilities when it comes to sharing your faith. Some are subtle. Others are bold. There is something for every Christian. You don’t have to go to extremes to tell people about Jesus. As a former atheist who converted to Christianity as an adult, these are my recommendations. Pick a few things on the list to try out. Once you get in the habit of it, you’ll gain confidence.