Doula Education Series – Doula 102
Doula Education Series – Part 2/5
Doula 102 – Contracts & Interviews
When it comes to writing a solid contract – know that it will take some time. Random things will come up and you will make changes that better reflect your business. We have tried to find very diverse contracts for you to look at and access what feels right for you. Contracts are a work in progress but they should always be clear with your intentions and boundaries. Money is an energy exchange and nothing to be shy about.
I am a firm believer in being transparent.
when it comes to financial, time and services exchanged between people. I still mess this up at times but am always working on doing better. Hiding what you charge says more about you than you think. The more you have frank conversations about money, the easier it will get. You can practice “hard conversation newness” with the people in this series and take the sting out of it.
Do you see many successful business people/entrepreneurs skirting around the money conversation? Have you watched Shark Tank? If your contract or the services you charge for don’t work for someone, offer to help them find someone else. You will never miss something that is meant for you and you will never miss a birth you were supposed to be at. I will also say that if your gut says the fee you are asking does not match up with your experience then simply lower the price a bit and feel into that one. You may also look at raising it and see how that feels. Learning to trust your intuition when it comes to business is also something that will protect you from burnout. YOU are the best expert on you – just like we want to convey to the birthing person.
You know you best – trust and follow your gut.
As we role play money conversations and improve our interview skills – you will find your groove. You only need practice to ride a bike, interviewing is the same idea. You will find your footing as we present you with different types of families and unique situations that we have run into over the years. Interviews are about connection from both sides of the table. Begin to create space and practice non-attachment to a doula job – meaning: If you are meant to be at this birth, you will be.
There is no competition when it comes to other doulas.
In fact, you can refer a family you just interviewed with to someone else you think will be a good fit. Going into an interview feeling a sense of trust and generosity will allow you to feel disarmed and show your best self.
In an interview, you are connecting with a baby’s family. The perspective shifts on why you are really there – to honor, love and support this baby’s birth journey. You are enough just for holding the space and staying non-attached to the outcome.
Trust that this baby knows who is supposed to help along the way.
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