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A Must-Have Tool for Client Building

A Must-Have Tool for Client Building

One of the most asked questions we get at DTI is how to start out and maintain a thriving client base. Becoming a doula and getting out there to support folks through reproductive health transitions is big work. The calling to serve families in this way can only be achieved if you are able to reach them. And for some of us that feels hard on our own.   Today, we want to introduce you to a tool that can help find new doula clients. By allowing you to proactively reach out to parents near you and putting your profile in...

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Meet the Educator: Danie Crofoot

Meet DTI Educator, Danie  Danie has been working as a doula for 16 years, specializes in LGBTQ+ families and pregnancies, and is based in Los Angeles. We asked Danie to share their perspective on being a birth worker and part of the DTI team. Here's what they had to say: How long have you been a doula? I have been a doula since 2016. How long have you been an educator? I have been an educator for about 8 months now.  Do you have any specialties?  LGBTQ+ families and pregnancies Why did you choose to pursue birth education? Because I wanted to...

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Meet the Educator: Julia Underwood

Meet DTI Educator Julia Underwood, Julia has been working as a doula since 2011, she specializes in being a resident midwife, childbirth educator and doula educator.  How long have you been a doula? I have been a doula since 2011. How long have you been an educator? I has been an educator for about 10 years now!  Do you have any specialties?  I would say my specialties are being a resident midwife, childbirth educator and doula educator.   What was your most powerful birthing experience as a doula?   Once I supported a doula sister from my cohort that became a good friend. During...

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Meet the Educator: Gem Kocher

Meet DTI Founding Educator, Gem Kocher Gem has been a doula for 7 years, they specialize in accompanying queer and trans* families, neurodivergence in birth and among birth workers, they are based in Berlin. We asked Gem to share their perspective on being a birth worker and part of the DTI team. Here's what they had to say: How long have you been a doula? I have been a doula for 7 years! How long have you been an educator? I started as an educator with DTI in April this year! Though like many doulas, I’ve been mentoring (and been mentored...

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Meet the Educator: Malika Hook Muhammad

  Meet DTI Educator, Malika Hook Muhammad Malika has been working as a doula for 13 years, specializes in baby positioning, and is an herbalist. She is based in United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi. We asked Malika to share her perspective on being a birth worker and part of the DTI team. Here's what she had to say: How long have you been a doula? I have been a doula for 13 years! How long have you been an educator? I have been an educator for 5 or 6-ish years now. Do you have any specialties?  Baby positioning is my jam. I’m also an...

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Meet the Educator: Ash Spivak

    Meet DTI Founding Educator, Ash Spivak Ash has been working as a doula for 10 years, specializes in Psychedelic therapy facilitation, and is based in New York & Philly. We asked Ash to share her perspective on being a birth worker and part of the DTI team. Here's what she had to say: How long have you been a doula? I got certified in 2012 How long have you been an educator? Since the beginning of COVID! Do you have any specialties?  I focus on mindfulness within Birth, and Birth as an altered state of consciousness that we can learn...

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Gatekeeping: A Letter from DTI

It has come to our attention that trained doulas are not being allowed to support their clients in the hospital setting at some hospitals.  This gatekeeping is not new, but perhaps happening even more during the pandemic. We have not seen any decrease as of this yet.  It seems that one way hospitals are keeping doulas away from their clients is by asking for proof of certification. Even then, only some doulas are permitted to enter. As a response, DTI Programs Director, Tiek Johnson has written this letter to send to hospital and to have here on the DTI blog...

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Protecting Trans Kids

Illustration by: Caitlin Blunnie Oh, Texas. Last year doulas, reproductive health advocates, and folks all over the globe spoke out against legislation that put bans on bodies and here we are once again, fighting for human rights in Texas. This time its to protect trans kids and their caregivers. Texas Governor Abbott and A.G. Paxton, are pushing for parents and caregivers that allowed trans children to receive gender affirming care to be investigated and  prosecuted for child abuse.  At DTI, we know that reproductive justice is radically inclusive and values trans voices. Trans kids deserve to be affirmed, validated, and...

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Black History Month

Black History Month

When it comes to reproductive health, much of the work we do today whether it be abortion care, sexual health education, reproductive healthcare etc all started with the profound contributions that Black reproductive advocates and activists have paved the way for. February is Black history month and as the DTI team plans for the year ahead we celebrate and acknowledge (this month and always) organizations that bring Black history year round. We’d like to amplify 6 organizations and thought leaders with you all below. Some of which you may be familiar with through DTI’s partnerships or some of which may...

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This Month At DTI

This Month At DTI

The Holidays are here, and 2021 is quickly coming to a close. As we wrap up the year, we want to give you some updates on DTI, the 2022 schedule, introduce you to a new edition to the DTI team, and let you know how thankful we are to you. Here’s the list of things happening in and around DTI for the rest of the year that you’ll definitely want to know more about. We’re Going Dark A little announcement. DTI will be taking a short break starting on December 20th. That means that our social media channels, online store,...

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