I am excited to introduce you to a friend of mine, Jennifer Levinson, who owns Family Care Doulas! I know your first question may be “what is a doula?” (a little hint: it comes from the Greek word meaning “mother’s helper”). But not to worry as Jennifer answers that for us as well as gives some great advice to other moms who are thinking about starting their own business! Jennifer is the mom to two adorable little boys and you really feel her caring personality from the minute you meet her.
- What exactly does a postpartum doula do and how is it different than other doulas?
A postpartum doula typically comes into the family’s home to help support them through the transition of the postpartum period. The doula offers informational, emotional, and resource support during this time, as well as feeding support. Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household chores; such as dishes, laundry, and organizing. There is also a birth doula, but their support is for the labor process
- What inspired you to start Family Care Doulas?
I started Family Care Doulas 3 years ago. I had worked for a Doula agency before I went out on my own. I had just had my second son and felt like it was time to move on. The reason I became a postpartum doula was as a pay it forward for all the support and help I had from doulas with my first son. I had many challenges breast feeding, difficult labor and delivery, and emotional ups and downs, but my doulas were there for me.
- What are your qualifications or certifications?
I am a Postpartum Certified Doula, PCD(DONA) and a Certified Lactation Counselor, CLC. I also have a masters in early education.
- What about for our Moms of Multiples…do you you provide support for multiples?
I have been so lucky to work with over a handful of moms with multiples. I love working with families of multiples, there is just something so special about the twin connection!
- What does your daily schedule look like?
My typical day could look like this:Wake up Get kids ready School- drop off Gym Work Pick up school Doctors/services Play Dinner Bed ?á
However, a typically work day is 3-4 hours a few days a week, sometimes lasting only a week and others lasting months. It all depends on when the mom feels confident enough to do it on her own.
- Do you have any advice to a mom that wants to start her own business?
My advice for a mom looking to start her own business is to make sure you have great child are and or family that can help. I would not be able to do what I do if I didn’t have my sitter or my parents around. They truly are my life savers. I have a job that I love, 2 boys of my own and my husband, lots of doctors appointment for my oldest son, and I try to get to the gym everyday! The gym is my outlet and my way of staying active and healthy. It really is like a third job!
Make sure you check out Jennifer at FamilyCareDoulas.com!
Happy Intros! xoxo, Julie