It is obvious that Jessica is passionate about her work when you hear her in this interview. She built her practice quickly through Facebook and her blog, quickly becoming known for her specialty in homebirths and her advocacy work. She is well-known in the birth community in Vancouver for her advocacy work on women’s choices in birth and for the resources she provides on her website.
NOTE: The minute markers below are for the audio.
[1:12] Jessica recalls moving to Vancouver and how her career to become a Birth Doula began.
[2:22] Jessica describes when her interest in registered midwifery and being a birth doula started.
[4:55] Jessica tells about her current schedule as a doula and as a teacher of prenatal classes and doula training. She discusses her interest in home births and their popularity.
[7:20] Jessica explains why how she found doula training to be rewarding.
9:10 Jessica talks about how Juliet gave her marketing advice when she started her birth doula practice, including providing help with having an online presence.
[10:37] Jessica describes why networking online and in person with others, and being involved locally in the birthing community was useful in building her birth doula practice.
[12:27] Jessica tells of the lifestyle of being a doula and about supporting other doulas in the community.
[14:37] Jessica speaks about being a homebirth doula and how her reputation grew through having a specialty. She also discusses how her marketing evolved over time.
[18:11] Jessica tells of the challenges working as a doula on-call while at the same time working part-time in another job. She also recounts doubts that she had about earning enough income when she quit her job to build her birth doula practice full time.
[23:07] Jessica says that her blog posts and her website have become a resource for others and how it brings clients to her.
[25:02] Jessica talks about how her articles and social media helped her to get referrals when starting her doula practice.
[26:33] Jessica advises others not to put things off and not to be afraid of being disliked when building a practice.
Bio – Jessica Austin, Birth Doula, Prenatal Instructor & Doula Trainer
Jessica is a birth doula and informed choice activist who believes women’s rights to choose about their births are of utmost importance. She strives to promote a gentle and informed birth culture through her free educational blog and by participating in local campaigns to raise awareness about important issues in maternal health care.
Jessica’s strong ties to both the medical and unassisted / non-medical childbirth communities give her a uniquely well-rounded perspective on the range of options for birthing families. Her educational blog and successful doula business, Birth Takes a Village, is a widely used resource for both doulas and birthing families. She also trains new doulas through the Wise Woman Way of Birth Doula Certifying Program and teaches home birth prenatal classes.
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