May 12, 2016

On the evening of May 1, 2016, hundreds of doulas & birthing professionals from every Southern California county enjoyed an evening of food, dance, and awards at The Grand in Long Beach, CA. Every year for the past 12 years, doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, nurses, midwives, and lactation professionals in the area attend a banquet hosted by The Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) in order to honor professionals who contribute positively to the greater birthing community. Amanda Cagle and Brandy Ferner of Your Birth Team were two of the nominees this year! Amanda was nominated as Birth Doula of the Year & Mentor of the Year; Brandy was nominated for Mentor of the Year.  

The theme colors this year even match Your Birth Team's teal theme!

The event was appropriately prom-themed, as high school proms everywhere were also commencing. Attendees' dress ranged from full-length gowns and tuxes to Little Black Dresses and smart shoes...

May 27, 2015

 

 

Those who know me probably won’t be surprised to learn that I forwent the parties, camping trips, and out-of-town extravaganzas this Memorial Day weekend and instead opted to do doula-y stuffs. A consultation, postpartum visit, & placenta processing later, my weekend felt very productive. The highlight of the 3 preceding days was a first for me, though. I’ve had a heart for volunteering since my first checkers game with a senior citizen in middle school, and try to give back a little of my time each week if possible. Therefore, I was really happy when my schedule aligned with a volunteer need by DASC (Doulas Association of Southern California).

 

 

So, I put on a dress, packed up some handouts & business cards, and headed out bright and early Saturday morning to woman a booth at the La Leche League Conference in Newport Beach, CA. I figured I’d be getting the word out about what DASC does and how it relates to the breastfeeding community. Little did I know that I’d be spending most of t...

December 31, 2014

UPDATE: Amanda and Mary will be working together for birth services through April 2016. Thereafter, Brandy Ferner & Lauren Flanagan will join Amanda and Your Birth Team!

 

 

As 2014 draws to a close, I find myself reliving some amazing moments from the year in my head. Only today did I realize that I did more to better my business & myself in the past 12 months than I had done in the entire 2+ years as a doula before that combined. Granted, I was a full time college student and full time nonprofit employee before 2014, I think I unconsciously decided that I was going to make up for the slow start by doing as much as humanely possible this year.

In 2014: I finalized my certifications through DONA for both birth and postpartum doula work; I became a Lactation Educator and Counselor through UCSD; I became a Placenta Specialist through Full Circle Placenta; I completed an internship through South Coast Midwifery to gain more experience in the out-of-hospital realm; I became a Childbirth E...

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