So let me back up: in 2015 I trained as a doula and began this voyage, not really knowing where it would lead me. As my training drew to a close I knew what first step was ahead... with a bit of trepidation and a lot of EXCITEMENT I decided to open my own business and launch as a solo doula. Baby Love Birth Services was born. I made this website myself, each and every word and graphic. I put together my contract, business forms, and policies. For three years I have built Baby Love into a well respected and professional doula business in the Lehigh Valley. Baby Love is my baby and I am so proud of what I've built and maintained. I also had the most kick butt clients. They seriously rock.
However, over time I started to feel that if I truly wanted to be a doula for decades ahead (and I so do... this work is in my bones), being a solo doula wasn't the path to achieve that. I could do a few more years of solo doula work, but I knew that burn-out would have found me before too long. Then this past September, I got a message from Gini from the Growing Place. The Growing Place is a full service doula agency, located in Emmaus. She needed a postpartum doula who could do one night a week with twins (Game on!). I met with her and she offered to bring me on as a INDEPENDENT contractor. With that I was able to do overflow work for the Growing Place, but Baby Love remained untouched and ran as normal. I loved this thought with the best of both worlds, but began to love the flow, connection, and support that the doulas in the Growing Place had even more.
LAst month, I was offered to come on officially as a Growing Place doula in 2019, and I said yes!
This is huge and not a decision I took lightly. I'm sad to close baby Love and lose the control that I've held by HAVING my own business for the last 3 years, however the pros far outweigh the cons. I'm so excited to be joining THEIR team. I plan to keep up this website and my FB page, but change them to "Susie Conrad, doula" instead of "Baby Love." I love having a internet presence and reaching more moms and families that way. I will still have my own doula identity, but if you want to hire me... you can find me at the Growing Place. I think this will open up even more for me personally and for the Growing Place as well.
I'm excited for what is ahead. Bring it, 2019! I'm ready!
Baby Love Blog
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