I had the great privilege of being interviewed by Esther Gallagher for The Fourth Trimester Podcast on why it’s important to have a doula contract — both for the doula and for the client.
Framing this as an opportunity to use the contract to open dialogue, instead of it just being a boring or intimidating part of our profession, I brought up issues around setting expectations, strengthening our community and individual practices, and other fundamental components of our demanding practices.
These are some of the key issues I address in my contract writing workshops and individual contract edits for doulas, midwives, and nannies. I also cover things like :
Termination vs Cancellation
Deposits and fees
Scope of Practice and Practice Restrictions
Doula - to - Doula Paperwork and Partnership
My next workshop will be on January 17th from 4:30-7pm in Oakland. Sign up before Jan. 5th for an early bird discount! You can register on my Contact Page or contact me directly for more information. All types of in-home, independently contracted care providers are welcome to join us.
I highly encourage parents and providers to take a listen to this episode, as well as the other incredible interviews Esther and Sarah have conducted over the past year. Please consider subscribing to The Fourth Trimester Podcast on Patreon so they can keep this resource going!