The big news over here at New Day Doula is that we’re now officially a partnership! In addition to being doula partners, Rainbow and I jointly own the company and will be handling all business dealings together. This has been in the works pretty much since we first met last March, and it is truly amazing for us and our clients.
Working with a partner is the only way I would ever consider being a doula. Birth doulas are on call whenever they have clients. Most of the time we can narrow that time down to the two weeks before and after the client’s due date, but it isn’t always that clear. No matter how far along she is, if one of our clients goes into labor, we will be there for her and her family. Labor doesn’t wait for the comfort and convenience of anyone. Those of you who are not birth workers can probably imagine how limiting that can be for an individual. Luckily, a partnership means that we are only on-call half of the time and are able to accommodate vacations and family events. This makes supporting pregnant women so much easier.
The partnership model is also really great for our clients. With the OBs at CPH sharing a call schedule, women never know which doctor will end up delivering their baby. It could likely be someone they’ve never met before! Rainbow and I both meet with our clients before the birth and they get to know both of us. We’re both available for phone and message support, which means that our clients will get answers to their questions right away! While only one of us goes to the actual birth, it will definitely be one of us there. There is no need for back-up doulas that our clients don’t know. If one of us has an emergency or is sick, the other is there for our clients.
We are also always coming up with new ideas to better serve our clients and to support women and families in the North Country. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one. We are excited about the new possibilities that 2017 will bring. Working as a partnership allows us to vet ideas together to find the best possible solutions.
And above everything else, this partnership means that I get to work with the amazing Rainbow Crabtree not only as a doula partner but also on the business end. It isn’t every day you meet someone who not only cares strongly about pregnant women and new families but who also has a keen head for business and amazing follow-through on ideas. Here’s to many years working together!
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