A common sense discussion on birth, postpartum, being a parent and life! Kim, Suzanne and Stephanie love to talk and with humour and a little cursing they navigate their lives as Doulas, Mums and Friends.
The Doulas get serious this week (not too serious) and discuss supporting pregnant people and families through pregnancy loss. They look at the role of support both during the birth and in the postpartum period. And Kim reads her doula story from "Bearing Witness. Childbirth Stories Told By Doulas." By Dr. Lisa Doran and Lisa Caron.
This week The Doulas talk about a variety of topics including continuing education to educate you, keep you up to date on everything birth, network and to just fill your cup. Don't forget to tell us your stories.
This week The Doulas talk about an event that Suzanne and Kim spoke at that involved OBGYN Residents learning about breastfeeding, Midwives, Doulas and Childbirth Educators. Then things off on a tangent and they eventually get to the topic of finding balance between doula work and family...or rather harmony.
In this weeks episode we ramble on a bit about some of the bad shit doulas do that can ruin it for other doulas in their community.
And we hear Kim's experience from the first birth she ever attended as a doula.
In this weeks episode we discuss the difference of Doula Agencies and Doula Collectives and everything in between. What would be a better set up for you to join? Or to create for yourself?
We also hear a vomit and car story from friend of the podcast Sam Leeson.
This week The Doulas discuss doula business marketing tips and fails, what has worked over the years, what has failed over the years and what we are concentrating on now. Maybe you will learn something and maybe you can share what works for you.
We also hear a birth loss/birth story (we promise) from a friend of Doula Steph.
In this episode Suzanne and Kim (Steph is away doing awesome doula things) discuss the idea that having a heart centered business can still be profitable for you and discuss a FaceBook post by a male doula that kinda rubbed them the wrong way...hilarity ensues and we all have a good laugh while learning something at the same time.
In this episode we have a little fun and play a word game and tell some stories around "Car", "Vomit" and "Holiday"
Trigger warning though, it gets a little graphic and gross.
We also hear a wonderful surrogacy story from a listener in Ottawa.
This week The Pragmatic Doulas tackle the article on Dr. Paul Shuen in Toronto Life Magazine and that doctors systemic abuse of ignoring informed consent. This very heavy topic leads us to examine the lack of checks and balances that led to such a colossal breech of trust.
In the wake of the Midwifery Today's decision to have their conference at a christian venue which openly excludes LGBTQ++ community, The Pragmatic Doulas discuss this decision and they get quite fired up about the whole situation.
This week we discuss how Doulas are portrayed in the media, social media, on television and in movies. And we may even have a solution to Hollywood's version of the inept useless Doula that is usually seen bumbling around the labouring character.
This week The Pragmatic Doulas with guest Sam Leeson of BabyREADY discuss retiring from Doula work and how you come to that decision. Most new doulas think they will do this forever but remember, time passes, body's age and being a doula is very physical work.
We also hear a birth story from Sam and its a roller coaster, including border crossings and snow storms!
What is it that new doulas need to know about breastfeeding to support their clients? This week we discuss breastfeeding and what we know and how we support our clients as doulas. We also hear a birth story from Nicole and her blog www.GrowingUpRainbow.com
In this weeks episode we talk about how doulas need to support each other and how being a solo doula can be difficult. We run the gamut of ideas in this topic and as we are mostly sick it does get a little off topic and may not make much sense. Suzanne is sadly away for this episode having caught the bug herself and just finished doula-ing for a family. We also hear a birth story from Tara who shared with us her pregnancy loss in episode 21.
In this weeks episode we get to chat with super star author Ann Douglas who has authored many parenting, baby and birth books. Kim does her best to contain her enthusiasm and not act like a giddy teenager in front of her author idol.
Ann is with us to discuss her latest book Happy Parents Happy Kids. The ultimate guide to boosting your enjoyment of parenting while at the same time maximizing the health and happiness of your entire family.
Happy Father's Day. We talk about the relationships we have had growing up with our dads and how when they shifted when they became grandfathers. With three of our four fathers having passed in the last few years it gets a little weepy and maybe a little angry. Our stories revolve around our fathers and our children.
Kim is also very sick and highly medicated, so if she sounds a little out of it, just know its the medication...
In this weeks episode we discuss the complementary professions that Doulas work with. Lactation Consultants, RMTs, Chiropractors and Placenta Encapsulators oh my!
We also hear a wonderful birth story from a listener in Texas ya'll!!
We sit down with our guests Tanicia Reedon and Debbie Alleyne-Elie. Two doulas just starting their careers in this crazy birth world. We talk about who they are, what brought them to this work and how they are navigating this new journey of theirs. We also hear three very quick birth stories from Debbie.
We discuss where the money goes, what it costs to be a doula, what we can't live without and things to think about as far as costing out your doula business. We also hear a birth story from a friend of ours and the podcast.
We talk about our amazing mothers and their births and their experiences as mothers. We also hear a first hand birth story about Stephanies mum giving birth read by Steph and a first hand birth story from Kim's mum about the day she gave birth to Kim.
The original topic is scrapped as Suzanne, Stephanie and Kim discuss a dilemma that arose from a recent birth. We discuss informed consent and critical thinking. We also share a listener story about why she became a doula.
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Get to know The Pragmatic Doulas better on this episode with a spotlight on Stephanie. We delve into her childhood and stories abound. Plus we hear the final birth story from Suzanne and its another great one.
#birth #doula #labourdoula #postpartumdoula #birthdoula
In this episode Stephanie, Kim and Suzanne discuss their breastfeeding journeys with their kids. There is a plethora of breastfeeding and bottle feeding experience between them and they discuss it all. We also hear Suzanne's birth story of her daughter which is touching with a little drama thrown in.
#breastfeeding, #birth #doula #labourdoula #birthdoula #postpartum #postpartumdoula #pregnancy #pregnant
With some incredible donuts in hand, Suzanne, Stephanie and Kim tackle how to stay safe as a doula. Leaving the house in the middle of the night, traveling to clients homes in unfamiliar neighbourhoods, hospital parking garages. As usual the conversation will take gigantic turns but its all part of the fun. We will also hear a home birth story from one of Stephanie's cousins. So sit back and enjoy the madness that is The Pragmatic Doulas.
#birth #doula #homebirth #safety #donuts #labourdoula #postpartumdoula #birthdoula #pregnancy #pregnant
With some birthday celebrations and a lot of cake, Stephanie, Suzanne and Kim tackle cesarean birth. As usual the discussion takes a turn and we delve into not being able to support clients who are not inclusive to all, veiled racism from clients and how to be a doula and make money while being true to who you are. Stephanie tells us her cesarean birth story and its amazing and a little teary.
#birth #labourdoula #cesareanbirth #doula
In this episode Steph, Suzanne and Kim discuss Postpartum Support and how they manage as postpartum doulas and their business. Kim tells her final birth story including a midnight run to the hospital after birth and how it led her to become a doula. #doula #birth #postpartum #labourdoula
Its our tenth episode and we have our first guest Vera Kevic from Doulas On Bikes to defend her position on being a hippie doula. The conversation goes every where and then we get to hear Vera's birth story of her second child and how it affected her vulva...
After snowstorms and back to back births, Kim rants about inconsistencies in care experiences. Also, Suzanne, Stephanie and Kim discuss the role of doulas and their medical knowledge. And we end with an incredible home birth story by Suzanne.
This week Suzanne and Kim discuss and respond to the listener emails and questions they have received and read some great birth stories from listeners. Sadly Stephanie is absent again but Suz and Kim hold down the fort!