Doula and Midwife Contract Editing and Writing
Just finished up a training and feeling lost as to how to begin your practice? Want a doula with nearly a decade of experience with a background in legal research to help you figure out your next steps? Are you an experienced doula who has been faced with a few too many frustrating hurdles? Wanting to shift your practice a bit? Want some guidance and overview of all of your business materials -- contracts, website, handouts -- to try and attract clients who better suit your practice style?
One-on-one contract and basic business development consultations with Em include :
2 hours private consultation on fundamentals of drafting a contract and starting or improving your business, including: SEO tips, finding clients, costs of advertising, finding back up or partnering, forming a "brand," basic marketing skills, and staying true to your message.
Pre-review and edit of any existing documents
Email and phone follow ups after a newly drafted or edited contract has been made so you feel secure in whatever changes you've made
Base Rates :
Birth Doula Contract Edit $120
Postpartum Doula Contract Edit $150
Joint Contract Edits $175
Birth Doula Contract Writing $200
Postpartum Doula Contract Writing $250
Multiple Written Doula Contracts $275
Midwifery Contract Edits $250
Additional Midwifery Form Edits $35-150 per item
Birth Photography / Videography Contract, Copyright, and Release Package $350
Additional form drafting, editing, and/or licensing $35-150 per item
Additional hourly edits $45 per hour
Small groups (2-4 doulas) receive a discount of $10 per person to meet collectively with Em for this service.
Contract Writing Workshops
I’ve been combining my background in legal research with my decade of birth work experience in several states and abroad to offer private consultations and workshops on contract writing to doulas and midwives for the past two years.
I start with the basics and bare bones of making a contract to demystify the process then branch out into role playing and Q&A style workshopping so that the attendees get to hear what’s relevant to their specific community. Some covered topics include :
Cancellation vs termination
Scope of Practice basics
Setting rates and taking payments
Writing different contracts for different services
Branding and consistency across printed and web material
Wording liability protection
HIPPA basics, intake forms, and note taking protections
Copyright basics and web presence
This class is great for birth and postpartum doulas, newer midwives, and birth workers who are also birth photographers/yoga instructors/herbalists/nannies/doulas who travel with families/etc.
Contract Workshops $75 pp for Bay Area, $85-$100 pp traveling
Speaking Rate : $100 per hour + Travel expenses if outside Bay Area
Why Take a Contract Writing Workshop?
Beyond understanding the basic dynamics of birth work, it is important to understand that being a doula, midwife, or nanny is not a hobby, but a career. It's often a challenging profession with loads of gray areas around scheduling, payments, scope of practice, HIPPA regulations and confidentiality, working in people's homes, caring for a family in a physical and emotional capacity as well as keeping our own physical and spiritual being protected.
It is for these reasons and more that it is crucial to have a solid contract for all of our clients. And this goes into the many roles and services birth workers may play, including birth photography, nutrition, herbal medicinals, massage, breastfeeding support, and so on that all require separate liability and commitment.
Giving attention to these details in writing your contracts can help save you an enormous amount of stress and money, no matter where you are in your career. Come learn from a long-time doula and legal researcher some tips on how to create a solid foundation for your business through your contracts.
Doula Collective or Agency Build Outs
If you're interested in starting a collective and/or agency, Em can help you with your materials from top to bottom with :
Independent Contractor Contracts
Doula-to-Doula Contracts (for back up agreements, etc.)
Sliding Scale and Volunteer Forms
Client Educational Resources Form Editing
Editing of Mission Statements and other existing materials
Rate : $850
Small Group Contract Services
Do you run a doula group or training program and want to host me for a virtual or in-person workshop? So many amazing organizations and professional doula networks do a great deal to ready doulas for their roles as educators and support persons in birth and early parenting, but often have to rush through some business guidance and especially contract writing information. Em can come to your group, training, or do a virtual lecture on the basics of contract writing and solid business practices that keep both the doula and the client protected and in good communication from the start.
Infant Sleep Basics for Doulas
More than ever, families are hearing about sleep training (the good, the bad, and the ugly) even far before baby arrives and so much of the information they’re getting is shallow and fear-based. This class instead focuses on anxiety-reduction through reconnecting with parent intuition while still providing some guidelines for what is typical/”normal” in infant biology.
This class covers the physiological basics of infant sleep patterns, normal ranges of expectations around family sleep, how to find quality resources about sleep to share with clients, a basic rundown of “sleep training” and how to approach the questions and concerns parents have around the subject, and overall how to reduce fear and stress around this topic with those we serve.
There’s an emphasis on appropriate harm reduction and thoughtful communication around this sometimes challenging topic. I’ve been teaching this class with Cornerstone for the past several months now and I’m excited to expand the network of doulas I can reach.
The full workshop is 3 hours long with access to slides and printed materials taught in various locations throughout the year. Reach out if you want to bring this class to your area! Hosts receive a discount of 50-100% off the tuition fee.
Want to bring me to your doula group meeting? My speaker fee is $100/hr and I’m happy to do a presentation on Infant Sleep Basics for your group and stay for a Q&A.