A: Gwen, there are many ways to operate a doula business. How did you meet your business partner Holly Haas Yeager, and how did the two of you start Lancaster Doulas?
G: Holly and I met through a local monthly support group for doulas and birth workers. After years of witnessing each other's businesses grow and a growing respect each other's styles. We decided it would be a far more sustainable business to share the duties of operating a business and to share an on call schedule. It has been an amazing transition moving into a partnership together. Far more so than I ever imagined!
G: My dearest friend and graphic design artist Tina Logan designed our logo for Lancaster Doulas. Part of our logo is the swirly Koru symbol - which symbolizes new beginnings. I fell so in love with our logo that the doulaism idea just came to me without effort. Being an entrepreneur has really tapped into a creative side of me that I didn't know existed!
G: Although I am a single mother, my daughter, Soul Louise, is being raised by not one, but two entrepreneurs. In addition to healthy skills she is learning about right livelihood, her father and I are both very earth conscious, health conscious and community oriented. I can only hope our influences will have a positive impact on her.
G: I do thrive on connecting with other entrepreneurs. I meet bi- weekly with my accountability partner. We share our progress, goals and push each other to reach further. We also share connections that would be beneficial for each other. I also get a great deal of support from my ProDoula family. There is a local networking group called PRE (PREnetworking.net) that I am a member of. This consists of weekly meetings with a wonderful group of business leaders. We work towards getting to know, like and trust each other. Once that is established we refer business to each other.
G: I wish for all the families that we serve to be left with a sense of empowerment and peace of mind about their birth and postpartum experience. They deserve the best!
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Authored by A Swift Doula