What: An online monthly book club for birth workers, healers and people looking to delve into knowledge surrounding holistic health, parenting, birth, and bodies.
When: Launching mid April.
Who: Laura and Erica of Birdsong- two sweet, silly and wicked nerdy doulas. In addition to our individual doula practices and collective offerings, we both have backgrounds in teaching, training, curriculum building, workshop facilitation, performance, improv and sacred space holding.
How much: $22 drop in, $222 annually.
How do I register? Pre-registration is happening now and you can be put on the list by emailing us here.
Why: On going education is such an essential aspect of the doula path. Whether you are covering your reading list for certification, are a seasoned doula looking to connect to community and be inspired, or you’re seeking to educate and support your personal or professional path with pregnancy, birth and holistic health related knowledge and dialogue… you and your magnificent mind are welcome in this space! We will endeavor to keep the reading list inclusive, covering essential core material and special interest topics- we are open to suggestions and will be bringing in authors and leaders from the birth community for increased juicy wisdom.
The club will officially launch in April and be hosted on an interactive video conferencing platform. We will announce the full reading list for the next 12 months in our March newsletter. The value exchange for this gathering will be a $22 drop in or you may become a full member anytime before the mid-April launch for the full year at $222 – (a $42 savings). Full membership will also include access to the Closed Facebook Community. Attendees can plan to be live and/or receive the recorded session after the fact. Scholarships are available- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are in need.
Do I have to be a doula to join?
No! We believe that all people do doula work in their regular lives and that there are direct parallels to doula work in any profession that provides support rooted in non judgement.
Can I drop in monthly and still be part of the Facebook Group?
Unfortunately no. It is too labor intensive to continually add and delete people from an online group to keep drop in membership working beyond the Zoom call. If you are experiencing financial struggles and that is why you’re asking please email us.
Is an author/expert always in the group?
They will be invited either before the group discussion begins or at the end; The Doula Book Club space itself is always closed to solely the participants/members so we can discuss amongst ourselves freely. Where possible, we will loop the author, or an expert in that field of study to be featured either at the beginning or the end of the call, not in the discussion space itself.
Is this an inclusive space?
YES. We certainly intend for it to be. We have a code of ethics for both the discussion space and Facebook Group that expressly states a no-tolerance policy regarding discrimination, microaggressions, tone policing and the like and we will enforce those policies if need be. With that said, we are by no means claiming to have it all figured out and we certainly are open to dialogue, questions and further work to deepen our ability to create a truly safe space for all people.
Can I submit a book to be on the reading list?
Absolutely! We are always open to recommendations and suggestions.
How do you select the books?
We are aiming to select a cross section of material. We want to cover essential doula reading, even if many in the group have read it already because the same book may land in a different way 5 years later- also lively discussion around a topic is a very different way to engage with reading than by yourself in your home. In addition to birthwork staples we want to bring in branches of study and service that are often skipped over in trainings due to logistic time constraints such as adoption, bereavement work, supporting trans birthing people, community outreach, and onwards.
Why only one book per month?
This is our starter year. In future if we have the volume to support it we may choose whole topics or authors and do break out groups facilitated by graduates of our mentorship or apprenticeship programs. As our pilot project we feel it is key to make this a container we can manage between the two of us for now, as we figure out what works.
Why does this cost money?
Just as we honor the time and work of the authors we feature, we value our own time and energy- not only the time spent on the call itself but the organization, correspondences and maintenance of a program of this nature. It is quite literally our responsibility as mentors to model safe practices of work that allow us to keep showing up fully.
Do you pay your guest speakers?
Yes. We believe in honoring the inherent value, academia and intellectual property of others. In addition to a baseline payment for their time, we promote their preferred link/place to buy their book, and the space to promote and discuss future and ongoing offerings.
Can’t I just take your reading list and organize this in my own community?
Absolutely you can! Book clubs are traditionally non commercial gatherings of people in community. If you want to do that we won’t be offended. The sun shines for all of us. We highly recommend having a facilitator who is committed to holding the space in true non judgement. Many of these topics of study are highly charged which is why we take seriously the role of setting the tone and creating a truly safe container.
Why should I join this?
We aren’t big fans of the word should- there is no reason you ‘should’ do it, but plenty of reasons this club could benefit your personal and professional growth trajectory. There is so much value in group work, in being seen and having a place to come to explore the layers and questions that often come up when we are integrating knowledge. We hope our signature style of humor and heart have you feeling deeply supported and cared for while having a touchstone for continuing education and inspiration.
I am pregnant/in my first year postpartum- could I benefit from being in this book club?
Maybe. But maybe think about it first. This book club is really geared towards those in service roles that intersect these topics and the space will be held in such a way that is more industry/service/business focused than that of a personal journey. Many of these topics will be quite activating and we recommend deeply considering that before signing up. It is more of a study group than support group.