What’s This Week All About?
World Doula Week kicked off in Israel as the first Doula Day on March 22, 2011. This is the date of the spring equinox, symbolizing the return of fertility.
“The purpose of World Doula Week (WDW) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period. – WorldDoulaWeek.com
Why Are Doulas So Awesome?
I have written at greater length about the benefits of doulas, but here’s a handy infographic for the quick rundown.
Did/Do You Have a Doula?
Say thank you by keeping her in business!
- Write a testimonial and leave a review. She might have accounts on DoulaMatch, Facebook, Yelp, and other places.
- Share photos of your birth and tag her in them. Bonus points if you’ve captured her serving you in birth, too!
- Share your birth story and describe the influence of your doula.
- Post about the benefits of doulas supporting parents in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
- Refer a pregnant friend, acquaintance, or family member to your doula’s services.
Never Had a Doula But Know a Few?
Let your local doulas know you appreciate what they do in your community!
- Share their business pages and thank them for their work.
- Surprise one with tickets to a conference or seminar to strengthen those doula skills.
- Help a low-income parent by donate their doula fees.
- Run a doula book giveaway on your page or at your business (try “Mothering The Mother,” “Mothering The New Mother,” or “The Birth Partner“).
Are YOU a Doula?
Make sure everyone knows it!
- Change your social media profile images to something “Proud Doula” related.
- Share about special discounts given by you or your certifying organization (if you’re a certified doula).
- Hashtag all the things with #WorldDoulaDay and #WorldDoulaWeek.
- Spread cultural awareness by sharing stories from doulas around the world.
- Give a shout-out to members of your doula tribe — let’s help each other out and rise up together.
- Sign up for continuing education as a productive tradition.
- Schedule a networking event with your local doulas.