Postpartum Doulas

Working in a Salon Made me a Better Doula

That’s right; because I worked as a salon receptionist, I am a better doula. Now, you may be wondering how that works out. What does working in a salon have to do with being a doula? Surprisingly, A LOT!

I’ll be the first to say I never thought I would work in a salon; it’s just not my thing. I took the job just a few months after graduating from college with a degree in the social sciences. Coincidentally, this was also a few weeks after completing my first doula training. My friends and family were baffled, and I felt so judged.

“THIS has nothing to do with your future!”
“How are you going to make time for your clients?”
“You’re going to drive an hour to work to answer the phones?”

but I needed a job...

Feeling judged is not a good feeling. I felt like people thought I was taking a job that was below me. Several comments were made about how I could do better than that. They didn't understand that working was something I needed to do in order to support myself financially.
"That's a job for someone in high school." Yes, a few people actually said this to me. They might as well have told me I was wasting my time and my education meant nothing. 

Like I said, I had just graduated from college and moved back home to Minnesota. Oh, I had also just left my previous job as a caregiver which was very flexible and full of wonderful benefits. I was running out of money fast so I held my head high and took the job nobody saw me working in. Through this I gained self-confidence and so much more.

When I started I couldn’t tell you the difference between an ombré and a balayage or the difference between a double process and a dimensional color; I had no idea how long a perm took versus how long a foil took. Despite my lack of experience and knowledge, the amazing women I worked with at the salon were more than willing to help me figure it all out.

During my time at the salon I saw and heard a lot of things.
-People preparing for their weddings
-Women who had been cheated on
-Young adults who just wanted to fit in
-People who had lost their loved ones
-Girls who let a friend color their hair blonde using a cheap box dye only to have it turn out bright orange (Note: please don’t do this!)

Some of the things I learned while working at the salon include:

-How to connect with customers in person and over the phone
-Knowing what to say to make people feel like their very best
-How to talk people through a major life crisis
-How to hold my tongue when I had a million things I could have said
-How to manage my time to call 35 people in one day.

How to be the best ‘me’ I could be…

Because I worked in that salon I have the skills to support you and tell you we're going to figure out a way to get you through this; even if you’re in a fog at the moment. I specialize in providing you with personalized professional support as we work together to meet the needs of you and your family.

Have you ever taken a job position at a place you never thought you would see yourself in? What was the result?

My ending results turned out to be amazing. Everything we go through in life is a learning experience and I believe there are lessons to be learned, skills to be taught, and knowledge to be gained with each life experience. 

Everything I learned during my time at the salon translates over into helping me provide the best unwavering, unbiased and unconditional support as an affiliate doula at Northeast Iowa Doulas.  Life is not entirely predictable; yet we are always able to learn and to grow from our experiences, and if we're lucky, we can find surprising gifts of insight and experience by enduring what we had hoped to avoid.
This can help us connect with others -- to know that they are not alone.  We are all doing the best we can. We are doing what we need to do in our own unique situation.

For more information about our professional doula services click here or contact us today for more information. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Written by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach 

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The Northeast Iowa Doulas Difference

Northeast Iowa Doulas prides themselves in providing only the most professional, reliable, and experienced doulas to families in Northeast Iowa and beyond.  In order for us to achieve these results we have worked tirelessly to set ourselves apart in the Cedar Valley and the Corridor areas. We offer the best trained, highly educated and qualified doulas who will provide your family with unconditional, unbiased judgment-free support.

Our Certifying Organization
Each of our doulas are trained and certified, or pursuing certification through ProDoula. Being uniformly trained through the same organization ensures the very best continuity of care for the families we serve. Being part of ProDoula also allows us to be connected to an international network of professional doulas, whom we can turn to for advice or support at any time. Finally, ProDoula encourages members to continue their education where they provide ample opportunity for us to do so. Once we have completed a training through ProDoula we are encouraged to repeat that training as often as we like, at no additional cost. New trainings are being offered all the time and we make sure to take advantage of every single learning opportunity we can. We are proud to be affiliated with such an amazing certifying organization.

Continuing Education
Continuing education is very important to us at Northeast Iowa Doulas. Whether this is through additional training, workshops, mini training sessions within our agency, or attending meetings hosted by other professionals, we are continually gaining more knowledge in order to continue serving our clients to the best of all our abilities.

Something for Everyone
Northeast Iowa Doulas offers a wide variety of services your family may find beneficial during this journey. From private or group childbirth education, birth doulas, placenta encapsulation and postpartum support; we have something for everyone. We do it all!

24/7 on call Availability & Guaranteed Support for your Birth
When you choose Northeast Iowa Doulas for your professional birth support needs you will receive a team of two doulas who will go on call for you and your partner 24/7 from the moment the contract is signed up until after your baby has arrived. You have unlimited access to your doula team anytime you have questions, worries, fears or even if you just want to talk. This model of care guarantees you will have support during your birth from someone you and your partner know well. She is also someone who knows the two of you and is familiar with your birth more back up doula that you never even got to meet. We’ve got you covered!

Unwavering and Unbiased Support for ALL choices
Finally, we will unconditionally provide your family with support that is completely free from judgment, opinion or bias. This means no worrying about someone judging you about the choices you make regarding pregnancy, birth, and parenting. The only agenda your doula has is to support you in your choices; period. Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, or whether you plan use attachment parenting or scheduled parenting or anything in between; the choices are yours and you can rest easy knowing that your doula will have your back each step of the way.

In Conclusion
By hiring a doula from Northeast Iowa Doulas you can be sure that you will receive only the best professional doula support, childbirth education, and placenta encapsulation services that Iowa has to offer.

For more information about the wide variety of services we offer please click here or contact us today for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Authored by: Victoria Cartland
Edited by: Kaity Klotzbach


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