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Dive into the world of the extraordinary. Garrett Hayes brings you face to face with individuals who defied norms and bravely embarked on extraordinary inner and/or outer journeys. Tune in to uncover the courage and resilience that fuels these fascinating stories. It's time to Take the Plunge into a world of endless possibilities.
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Tea with Jodi is a show that discusses 'modern' birth and postpartum issues affecting today's mothers and birthing people. And by 'modern' we mean that in the US we have not updated our birth and postpartum practices since at least the 1960s, if not before that! This show covers a wide range of birth and postpartum topics from medical practices and legislation to patient mental health and mother/baby safety and wellbeing. No subject is off limits in this forum, where we talk frankly about ho ...
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Doula availability is a topic that can cause some anxiety. Being on-call 24/7 is a significant challenge, and adapting to this lifestyle requires careful planning and boundary-setting. Your phone is an essential lifeline to both your family and your clients. Feeling overwhelmed by the need to be available at a moment's notice is common, but there a…
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Managing money is an essential skill for doulas, yet many need time, patience, and effort to develop this skill. Doulas must practice setting aside money for taxes to avoid being caught off guard during tax season. When that tax bill hits, it can hit hard. The unpredictable nature of birth work also requires budgeting your income. Without a budget …
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Navigating the challenges of working with independent contractors as an agency owner is no small feat. Your agency's reputation, especially your own, hinges on contractors doing their jobs well. Many owners feel compelled to control contractor performance to ensure the work meets their high standards. However, regulations for independent contractor…
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In this episode, we discuss recent events that have come to our attention and give our thoughts and feedback. A recent case that has gained national traction involves the passing of a mother and baby. What can we do as doulas if we are in a situation where we don't see a provider meeting the standards of care? Speaking up can be difficult, yet help…
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As a doula, navigating unexpected situations will become a part of our work. Perhaps a client who has a premature baby. Or those whose labors begin and progress too quickly to get to their chosen birth location. Thinking on our feet and embracing the unexpected will inevitably become a part of our work. When navigating these unexpected situations, …
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Episode Highlights Breastfeeding challenges, including poor information and hospital policies. 0:08 Abby and Diane are co-hosts of the "Badass Breastfeeding" podcast, sharing their experiences and advice on breastfeeding and parenting. Abby struggled with breastfeeding after having her 12-year-old son, leading her to become a blogger and social med…
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For many birth workers, where they enter this work is not the same place where they wind up. For example, some may enter this work providing labor support. Yet they may find once they have their own children, that postpartum work is a better fit. Others may enter into the field via postpartum support. Then, life leads them into childbirth or newbor…
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As doulas, it's not uncommon to encounter individuals with a fear of birth. This fear can be rooted in many sources. First, the way in which TV represents birth. Second, the stories our friends and family share; and third, an individual's lived experiences. The media often portrays birth as a dramatic process. The water breaks and the camera cuts t…
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The conversation centered around the professionalization and integration of doulas in the medical system. Speakers emphasized the importance of doulas in improving birth experiences, lowering cesarean rates, and creating positive trends in the birth industry. They also discussed the economic factors driving the increase in cesarean sections and the…
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The conversation centered around the professionalization and integration of doulas in the medical system. Speakers emphasized the importance of doulas in improving birth experiences, lowering cesarean rates, and creating positive trends in the birth industry. They also discussed the economic factors driving the increase in cesarean sections and the…
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The conversation centered around the professionalization and integration of doulas in the medical system. Speakers emphasized the importance of doulas in improving birth experiences, lowering cesarean rates, and creating positive trends in the birth industry. They also discussed the economic factors driving the increase in cesarean sections and the…
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Doula mistakes come in all shapes and sizes. We're human, so it's understandable that mistakes will happen. Some mistakes will be unavoidable and only discovered through trial and error. Others can be avoided. Common mistakes include a lack of effective communication, such as being slow or failing to follow up on inquiries or client communications.…
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One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do we navigate the question of how many clients we have supported when we first start out?" The question "How many births have you attended?" Or "How many families have you supported postpartum?" is not uncommon. Certain personality types are more inclined to ask these types of questions. For them, …
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Supporting single parents through pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period looks different than supporting those who are partnered. How we approach labor or postpartum support with an unpartnered parent will look different. Many factors will be different when planning for labor. For example, will they get to their birth location? Or who will mak…
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As birth professionals, providing evidence-based information to our clients is essential. However, it's not uncommon to wonder where to find quality research. Knowing how to read and interpret the evidence is also a skill that takes time and discernment. The first step is understanding the types of studies that exist. From randomized controlled tri…
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According to the American Cancer Society, vulvar cancer accounts for 6% of all cancers of the female reproductive organs. Over 1600 individuals will die from vulvar cancer per year. Cancers of the uterus, cervix, and ovaries are far more well-known, identified, and diagnosed. Yet, cancer of the vulva is a diagnosis that is often hard to obtain. Oft…
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In 1962, Mike Burton was commissioned in the US Air Force. Stationed in Thailand, he worked in intelligence and was heavily involved in the conflict across the border in Laos. These days, he serves on the board of directors for Legacies of War, an organization working hard to not just raise awareness, but help find solutions to clear unexploded ord…
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Advanced maternal age is defined as a pregnant individual who is 35 years of age or older at the estimated due date or date of delivery. Pregnancy at or beyond this age is considered a risk factor for adverse outcomes in the birthing person and baby. When one is considered "advanced" in age, it is common for closer monitoring to be recommended duri…
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Combination feeding is one of many approaches families choose when feeding their baby. It may be the plan from the start. Or, clients may find themselves settling into combination feeding due to postpartum challenges. Some parents may feel that taking on 100% of the responsibility for infant feeding is an overwhelming task. For these individuals, s…
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Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders impact 15-21% of pregnant and postpartum individuals, according to the National Institute of Health. As birth professionals, it is likely that you will encounter a client who experiences a mood or anxiety disorder during pregnancy or after birth. We must be able to identify the signs and symptoms of those who ma…
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It's been a busy, amazing year of growth, learning, and success. Here we are again at the end of another amazing season. Looking back over the past year, it's always fun to see our most popular episodes and share our favorites. As always, your love and passion for the topics we talk about are seen, heard, and felt so very much. We appreciate the in…
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When it comes to your website, there are a few website essentials that you should be sure to include. There are also common traps that you should avoid. Your website is the virtual storefront of your business. Often, it will be the first impression that a prospective client will encounter. As a result, you must make an excellent first impression. T…
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Erwan Le Corre is the founder of something called MovNat, which you're going to learn a lot about in this episode. He's also set some pretty wild records when it comes to holding your breath. In 2021 he set the US national static apnea record for men under 50 when he held his breath for 6 minutes and 46 seconds. In 2023 he set a new record, this ti…
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Choosing between virtual or in-person training is one of the first choices often made when considering the many pathways to becoming a doula. Both formats offer pros and cons to learners. Which format may work best for you will depend on many factors. Do you thrive in more independent learning? Or do you thrive in a classroom setting? Do you learn …
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Eric Wartenweiler Smith is a research vessel captain and scientific diver who likes to share his excitement for scientific exploration, and the creative processes that drive and inspire many explorers. Having participated in the discovery and excavation of sunken Egyptian Cities and historic shipwrecks, developed new tools for finding un-exploded b…
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The methods of support provided during the third stage of labor are many. How the third stage progresses will determine the type of support appropriate for each client. Assistance with bonding, the initiation of breastfeeding, and supporting a client through a perineal tear are all ways in which a client may need the support of their doula. It is a…
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Understanding birth-related trauma is an essential skill for all individuals who work in the perinatal field. The fundamental definition of trauma is: a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. When working with birthing or newly postpartum families, we may encounter clients who will identify their experience as traumatic. It is never our role …
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Kicking off Season 3 with Captain Sidd! Sidd took The Plunge by quitting his 9-5, buying a motorcycle and traveling across the USA visiting bitcoin meetups for over 100 days. He is forging a very interesting path for himself over in Thailand, having escaped the corporate NYC grind. Also he's got another very cool motorcycle trip coming that you can…
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The expectations vs the realities of doula work can be vast. Many people consider entering this work, thinking it will be sunshine and rainbows. Experiencing birth and cuddling babies is often high on these lists. One of the very first stark realities that most doulas face is the fact that they are starting a business. It's easy to focus on just wo…
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Childbirth education is a way for pregnant individuals to learn about the process of birth and what options may exist. It does this through expelling fear and increasing knowledge. In addition, it teaches pregnant people how to advocate for their wishes. However, the role of the doula and the role of the childbirth educator seem very similar but th…
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For many, the pushing phase of labor is an exciting yet scary part of the labor process. Many individuals have concerns or fears surrounding the pushing phase of labor. From tearing to their infant's safety, a doula is needed for emotional and physical support. Supporting a client through this phase begins during pregnancy. Here, we can help client…
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We often see questions among doulas about agency interviews. There are a lot of specific questions about what to expect and what questions to ask the agency. Each agency will have specific questions that they feel are important to ask. So, what you may encounter will vary from agency to agency. However, some questions will overlap between businesse…
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There are many benefits to adding placenta services as a part of the services you offer. While there is a benefit to the clients who utilize this service, there are also benefits to those who offer it. Processing the placenta for encapsulation in the client's home brings a wealth of benefits to the client in addition to safety. It also allows the e…
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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with poet, writer, scholar and Vietnam veteran William Daniel Ehrhart. Non-fiction, his work spans his entire life, exploring everything from his time on an Irish freighter, the joys of fatherhood, teaching English lit, to making sense of his experiences as a soldier and much much more. Links to his perso…
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Introducing Laurie Pohutsky. 0:08 Introducing Laurie Pohutsky, 17th district Michigan House of Representatives. Maternal and infant health. What can the government do to better support parents? 2:54 Doula and birth center expansion in Michigan. The most important issue facing new families. The availability of resources in Michigan. The double stand…
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Learning how to initiate and lead conversations between prospective clients and clients is an essential skill in doula work. Yet at times, doulas often feel unsure about what to ask or how to keep the client conversations going. Beyond the core questions of due date, location of delivery, and basic contact information, what other information a doul…
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A rare breed indeed, it was great to have Texas Slim back on The Plunge. He might just be my favorite hippie cyberpunk nomad cowboy. Founder of the Beef Initiative, Slim is introducing bitcoiners to ranching and ranchers to bitcoin, bridging Sound Health with Sound Money - for a Sound Future. The Plunge is sponsored by Farrow Skincare. For both men…
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There are many facets to consider when supporting a client through active labor. This stage of labor is often an opportunity to become more physically active and present in client support. However, it is also important to remember to alternate periods of activity with rest during active labor. When supporting clients through this stage of labor, it…
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A common inquiry in many online doula communities is where to find free samples to give to clients. While it's likely true that most people love a freebie, are they actually free? Many individuals don't consider the cost of their time in requesting, processing, storing, and handing out freebies. Additionally, many companies that give out products f…
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As birth professionals, education surrounding the perinatal period is an ongoing process. While it is impossible to learn everything about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, countless opportunities are available to expand your knowledge base. But how do you decide which topics to choose? When thinking about continuing education, think out of the box…
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Undoubtedly, social media plays a big role in our lives and how we communicate with the world. Social media platforms have become a big part of marketing products and services. Learning how to navigate social media as a business owner creates unique challenges. One of the challenges is creating and maintaining social media boundaries. As business o…
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· Introducing Ruth Solinsky, a certified nurse midwife and University of Michigan nursing professor. 0:08 o Welcome to Ruthsolinsky, a certified nurse midwife and university of Michigan nursing professor. o About Ruth. · What are the differences between midwifery and obstetric care? 2:18 o The differences between midwifery and obstetric care. o Mat…
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Jason is a first generation, regenerative cattle producer and the owner of Wrich Ranches, a diversified angus cattle operation in Crawford, Colorado. Jason and his family raise and sell conception to plate, grassfed and finished beef as well as locally adapted, high altitude registered angus bulls. Wrich Ranches covers over 4000 acres of leased gro…
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When we think about the value of doula work, we must consider two perspectives—the perspective of the doula and the client's perspective. Before a doula can successfully market their services, they must understand their value to potential clients. While the hallmark of doula work is providing support, the doula must sell their service before client…
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Supporting early labor is a necessary skill for labor doulas. Yet many doulas may not know how to approach early labor from a mindset of patience vs the instinct to try to move labor along. Early labor can be a time of anxiety and doubt for expecting families. Contractions may come and go, and they often wonder, "Is this labor?" They often look to …
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SPECIAL EPISODE - Roundtable discussion on urban underwater exploration with members of NYPD Scuba, FDNY, NY State Police and more. Held at the Explorers Club headquarters in NYC. www.explorers.org The Plunge is sponsored by Farrow Skincare. For both men and women, Farrow has some of the LEGIT best skincare products on the planet. Farrow products a…
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One of the more challenging aspects of becoming a doula is navigating doula fees and payments. One of the most common decisions is how to take payment for the services you will provide. There is a tendency for doulas to want to avoid credit card processing fees. They often do this by using peer-to-peer payment options such as Paypal, Venmo or platf…
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Ed Heegan is a Brooklyn NYC Native. A graduate of Xavier High School - Reserve Officer Training Program. He attended Iona University and served as a missionary in Central America. A former FDNY Firefighter, he has served as a member of the Kiwanis Club, The Knights of Columbus, as a Peer Mentor at Friends Of Firefighters, and as Board Member for th…
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Transitional labor is the third phase of the first stage of labor. It is also considered the most challenging phase of labor, especially for those giving birth without pain medication. During the transition phase of labor, contractions occur every 1-2 minutes and last approximately 60-90 seconds. The cervix dilates from 8-10 centimeters. This is th…
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In what ways do life's transience, death's finality, and the pioneering attributes of Bitcoin intersect, and how does this digital currency defy the norms of traditional financial systems? Erin is a certified death doula and Bition coach from Canada. For the past year she has been living out of her campervan exploring the US. Her mission is to help…
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