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Every new year is an opportunity to compile statistics from the last. I see them broadcasted all over the Internet the first few days of the new year. It's disgusting. I wonder how those clients feel about suddenly being seen only as a number? As a successful outcome? As a negative one? Who decides what is a successful birth outcome?
My agency does not keep track of birthing statistics. There is absolutely no reason. Every birth is different and there is no right or wrong way to bring a baby into this world.
I have read the comments on such posts trying to determine why the stats were posted in the first place. It became obvious: They want to be able to show clients how good of a doula they are! I saw comments on these Stat Posts that read "Good job!" "Those are great numbers" and "Keep up the good work!"
Are you serious right now? Those stats seem to be posted for one reason. Self-satisfaction. And that's just gross. Those births are not about US!
"But studies have shown that birthing with a doula provides a greater outcome!" Who decides what great is?! I'm so tired of OTHER people telling families what birth "should" be like.
Non-Medicated, Epidural, Planned C-Section, Emergency C-Section, TOLAC, in a house with a mouse! We will support you here AND there. We will support you anywhere. And in any capacity.
As a professional doula, we are trained to provide 100% nonjugmental, unbiased support to every client. Period.
Perhaps a great interview question would be, "Will you be recording my birth outcome as a statistic for future clients?"
Our answer? Absoluely not.
Looking for somebody to encapsulate your placenta? The Issaquah Doula agency currently has the ONLY TWO Postpartum Placenta Specialists north of Olympia.
But there are plenty of placenta encapsulators throughout King County right?
So what makes Issaquah Doula stand out?
YOUR SAFETY. YOUR HEALTH. YOUR PEACE OF MIND. oh and this little diddy by the World Health Organization:
According to the World Health Organization's Guidelines for the Safe Transport of Infectious Substances and Diagnostic Specimens the following practices should be observed:
Issaquah Doula loans you a kit and takes your safety a STEP FURTHER and only processes your placenta in YOUR home.
Since you are responsible for the transportation of your placenta from your chosen place of birth to the safest environment after, (your own home) you are 100% guaranteed that the placenta being processed (and ingested by you) is in fact the one that nourished your baby.
No other encapsulator of placentas can guarantee that.
If it is being processed in a "work space" or their own home kitchen, YOU WILL HAVE DOUBT. Doubt that the placenta belongs to you, doubt of their handling process, doubt of their sanitation and equipment. Just as a child's top can make you dizzy, so can the list of encapsulators in our area.
The training and standards that Issaquah Doula instills within their agency supersedes this dizzying collection. We are deliberate and intentional with raising the bar within our community.
Because your safety, health, and peace of mind are OUR priority.
On average 9,000 babies are born annually within the four Swedish facilities here in the PNW.
Each Issaquah Doula typically spends upwards of 18 hours with each of their clients with prenatal and postnatal visits including the duration of the birth. The time spent with a doula affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency is valuable. We encourage conversations about your birthing and parenting philosophies and we take time to determine what comfort measures will suit you best. Your doula will be an integral part of your birthing team, not only supporting you but your partner as well.
A lot of our clients are delivering at the Swedish hospitals throughout King County (First Hill, Ballard and Edmonds), but most notably here in Issaquah. The relationships that have been built on professionalism and the bridges that have been constructed with care have taken time and effort. The midwifery staff, nursing staff and doctors have been welcoming and receiving of the Issaquah Doula agency.
Keeping up to date and knowledgeable about the hospital policies is key for a doula to work in synchronicity with the hospital staff. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency have been given the tools to obtain such policies and the outcomes have been glorious. Swedish Hospitals throughout the greater Seattle area have benefited from the doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency. Each month Issaquah Doula participates in the Midwifery Centering class. Teaching the expecting parents about the roles of a doula and answering questions. The Issaquah Doula agency has carried out many conversations with Swedish staff and attended the on-site Breastfeeding Drop-In to determine the community's need for a Postpartum Support Group, now another faucet of care and support for our growing community.
My agency has a ProDoula foundation. Each of the affiliated doulas have been trained/certified by ProDoula. The certification process is extensive and leaves each doula with a better understanding of the facilities she works at with her clients, along with being CPR & First Aid certified.
Our Postpartum Placenta Specialists have the highest standards of practice in the industry. We follow strict guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization and we are the only Postpartum Placenta Specialists who can guarantee that the placenta you are consuming is in fact the one you birthed, since you are responsible for its transportation and we process inside your home.
I aligned my agency with the doula certifying organization that understands the value of professionalism within our industry. I aligned with ProDoula to instill strength into my community. I chose ProDoula doulas for my agency because professionalism and compassion are the core values in my philosophy.
When you hire through Issaquah Doula, your doula's backup is built in. That means that essentially you are hiring the whole team. We are able to collaborate on ideas, gather information and provide you with the comfort and support you need to have a fantastic pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum period. The moment you sign a contract through the Issaquah Doula agency, your contracted doula is available to support you via phone, text, email or in person. There is no waiting until you are full-term, we are there from day one and we will remain by your side for as long as you desire.
Having the team of Issaquah Doulas at your beck and call leads to a desirable postpartum period. You may parent with confidence in knowing that your Issaquah Doula supports all of your choices and she will become an extension of you and/or your partner.
The fluidity of support by extending your care by utilizing the expertise of a postpartum placenta specialist, knowledge and comfort of a postpartum doula allows the transition into parenthood to be as seamless as possible. Our postpartum doulas are trained to recognize behavior that falls outside the range of normal. She will help care for your newborn, your older children and teach you newborn tricks that correspond with your parenting philosophies while preparing delicious meals for your family. Our Postpartum Doulas also provide Overnight support so that you may rest. 24 hour live-in care is also available.
The training and continued education our doulas receive is standard within the Issaquah Doula agency. The team of doulas meets regularly to stay current in our field. The doulas affiliated with the Issaquah Doula agency are professionals. Each of us are providing for our families and we understand the importance in our role as your doula. Our commitment to excellence puts you first.
The ProDoula family extends it's on going support to all their doulas and by maintaining professionalism with the nations most progressive, and compassionate doula certifying organization you can have confidence in the doulas you hire through the Issaquah Doula agency. Choosing to hire through the Issaquah Doula agency provides you with doulas who were trained by the same certifying organization, implementing the cohesive and professional support you deserve.
You are our number one priority. You have the opportunity to attune and connect with our affiliated doulas. Our agency doulas provide you with support, education, information and validation. We trust in your ability to birth. We believe in your choices. We hope you choose to hire through Issaquah Doula; where you will find integrity within the care you will receive from one of our agency doulas. We will surpass all of your expectations.
The Issaquah Doula agency is your leading professional support and we look forward to serving your family!
Being a Postpartum Doula is the best. I get to help families bond, I get to snuggle babies and I get to cook or bake.
The Weekend Recipe Blog means you can get in the kitchen too.
While caring for a family of twins I mentioned to my client (who was in charge of dessert for a weekend event) that I bake cakes. Beautiful and delicious cakes. So once the babes were asleep I washed my hands and got to work.
Issaquah Doula's PB & Chocolate Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan. Mix all dry ingredients first, then add the wet ingredients stirring until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake on center rack for about 45 minutes. Use the dry toothpick method to be sure.
1 3/4 c. Flour
2 c. Sugar
3/4 c. Powdered Cacoa
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 c. Milk
1/2 c. Oil (I used canola)
2 tsp. Vanilla
Once slightly cooled, remove from pan and place in freezer. Time to start the frosting and ganache.
Frosting - Using a stand or hand mixer whip together until smooth:
8oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 Stick of Butter, softened
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 c. Peanut Butter (I used chunky)
2 Tbs. Heavy Cream
1 lb. Powdered Sugar
Ganache - Use a double-broiler method for the ganache. In the top pot add ingredients and stir until smooth and creamy. Remove from heat as soon as it's done:
8oz. Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 c. Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Tbs. Heavy Cream
Remove cake from freezer and place upside-down on a pretty dish. Coat the cake with the PB cream cheese frosting, be generous! Once done, gently pour the PB ganache over the top and help it drip down to make it look fancy.
Unwrap a bunch of miniature PB cups and slice them in half to encircle the cake base. Chop up the remainder and sprinkle on top.
Store in fridge until ready to serve. Don't forget a tall glass of milk.
Interested in hiring Postpartum Support? We'd love to meet you! The Issaquah Doula agency serves families throughout King County Washington.
Prior to moving to Washington in the summer of 2014, I lived with my family in sunny California. My husband and I began our family in 2000 and the births of our three sons in 2001, 2005 and 2011 led us to be known as the Foreman Five.
In 2010 I pursued my passion of childbirth. I discovered the role of a Doula and knew that this is the profession I would master.
By 2013 I had completed my training through DONA to be a Birth Doula. Later that year I certified as a Birth Doula from my city's own doula organization.
Thirty-eight days after arriving to Washington I was hired to support a family. I was making doula friends and my career was panning out. I wanted more though.
I was intrigued by their business stance and superior methods of building up women in our field. I signed up to attend labor and postpartum doula training, taught by ProDoula's co-founder Randy Patterson.
My. Life. Changed.
She rocked my world. I couldn't wait to implement what I learned.
I've since taken the Advance Business Training and the Placenta Prep Training. I'm also now certified with them as a Birth Doula, submitted my certification packet for Postpartum and I am currently working towards my certification as a Placenta Specialist.
I've now launched my own full service doula agency. Each affiliated doula is hand-selected and has been trained or cross-trained through ProDoula so that my agency remains consistent, cohesive and attuned with our clients. I'm proud to be a ProDoula. To me, being a ProDoula is just that. Professional. I take my training, certification and clients seriously. I strive to be the best.
I will not falter when others around me or even thousands of miles away behave in a less than professional manner.
I've drawn my line in the sand.
Not only am I a ProDoula, I'm the Issaquah Doula. And I can't wait to get to know you!
As a professional certified doula who takes her job seriously I would never encourage anyone, let alone a fellow birth worker to work for free or even low cost.
"But what if the doula is a student or in training or in need of certifying births?"
Here's the deal: A trained doula is a paid doula. Period. A certificate does not make you a doula, training does.
A doula is an entrepreneur. There are many costs associated not only with training to become a doula, but with starting and running a successful business.
Did you know that 40% of entrepreneurs FAIL in the first year? Within five years that number DOUBLES to a whopping 80%.
I will have NO part in that. Instead I will encourage new entrepreneurs to sit down, write a business plan, partake in a consultation, determine the costs associated with running their business and to figure out what a living wage is for them by utilizing the Living Wage Calculator created by MIT.
"But they have little to no experience?!"
It is not up to you or anyone else to decide how someone runs their business. I for one, do not wish to see it being ran into the ground.
"The woman needs/deserves a doula, but can't afford one."
This one particularly baffles me. Women have been giving birth without the support of a doula since the dawn of time. We are NOT needed. We are wanted. There is a big, big difference. "Seasoned" doulas passing these freebies off is really disheartening. They won't take the birth because they have bills to pay, doesn't the newer doula have similar bills?!
By uplifting fellow birth workers and deterring society from this absurd norm we can change the way doulas are perceived.
Let's stand up together, take our businesses seriously and charge what we are worth.