Should I order Young Living?

Are you considering ordering from Young Living or getting a wholesale membership?

A year ago I was wondering the same thing. Should I order from Young Living? Are the products any good? What will I even buy? Let me tell you how and why I came to love Young Living.

Making the Switch

I have been using Young Living products in my house and on myself for almost a year now. I started with using essential oils about a year before that. I have found some essential oil companies I love and believe that they offer great quality for not a very expensive price. So why do I keep going back to Young Living when it cost more?

Young Living claims it has the highest quality. I don’t know if I necessarily agree with that because I haven’t found the quality from the other companies I like to be any less. The reason I order from Young Living monthly on the essential awards program is because there are products I get from them that I can’t get anywhere else that work for me.

I started with a basic starter kit to get a membership with Young Living and test some products out. I had previously been using Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy. I have also recently purchased from Revive. I like all of these companies for various reason but none of them have exactly the same products. They may be a close formulation of an essential oil blend but I have found that some blends I just like the scent better from a particular company. For example I wanted to try the Thieves blend for cleaning and use in my diffuser. I started with a blend that says it is comparable from both Eden’s Garden and Plant Therapy. Those both work fine and have a strong Eucalyptus smell. I still wanted to try the original Thieves blend so I finally ordered it from Young Living. I have to say I like that blend better. I like more spicy clove scent that Thieves has verse the more Eucalyptus scent that the other brands blends have. That being said, I wanted to order a larger bottle of Thieves without spending a fortune so I decided to try the Revive brand of essential oils and their version of the Thieves blend that they call Immunity. I was pleasantly surprised that the scent profile was almost the same.

But it’s so expensive!

If I like the other companies that are less expensive why do I order from Young Living? I like their products. That’s the answer. I like the Thieves Spray, the Thieves waterless hand sanitizer, the Foaming Thieves hand soap, the Thieves dish soap ( I use a little in the dish washer with dishwasher tablets from Dropp- I haven’t tried the Thieves dishwasher tabs yet. I find that a little of the Thieves Dish Soap really makes a difference on how clean the dished come out). I also love the scent of Stress away blend, Peace and Calming blend and Citrus Fresh. I also use a product called Progessence Plus for my hormones and Endoflex essential oil blend for my thyroid and hormones. In addition I enjoy the drink called Ninxgia Red that is full of good stuff for your body. I also use the Thieves toothpaste and mouthwash. That is a lot of stuff I like from Young Living and I haven’t even tried everything from them.

All these products are the reason I continue to use and buy from Young Living. When I run out of a single essential oil like Lavender or Lemon, I will normally order from one of my other favorite companies unless I ordered enough that month to get some products free. I find that the single oils are less expensive elsewhere but most of the blends I like I continue to get from Young Living. Sometimes I wait until there is a promo for the month and sometimes I use my PV points I have earned from my monthly purchase with Essential Rewards to get them.

My Why

Why do I get soap and toothpaste and mouthwash from Young Living when I can get that stuff cheaper at the local store? I like them. I think they work. I want to use more natural products with less chemicals and toxins. I have never liked using antibacterial soaps, bleach or harsh dental products. So switching to a more natural product and one that has essential oils was easy for me. I find that the foaming soap from Young Living does not dry out my hands and I like that it has essential oils in them.

Something else that keeps me buying from Young Living are the products I mentioned I use for my hormones. I have been using Progessence Plus and Endoflex for almost 9 months as of writing these. I noticed right away that it improved my period. My days of bleeding reduced from 5 to 3 and half. This has continued from the first month I started using Progessence Plus and has not changed. I have loved having a shorter period and there is only one heavy day now. I also find that I experience way less, sometimes even no PMS symptoms since I started using Progessence Plus.

This is not just me saying I notice a difference. My husband has commented multiple times that he can see a difference in my emotions and that I have virtually no pms symptoms since starting with these products. The one month I rationed out the Progessence Plus I had and it was sold out at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, my husband noticed right away. He asked if I was still using my hormone oils and I said yes, but I was using less until it came back in stock. I ordered two bottles as soon as I could and it has been clear sailing ever since. We are both happy now. EndoFlex is an essential oil blend I use also for my hormones and thyroid. Sometimes I will also add Frankincense to this blend since Frankincense is also a good oil for hormones in addition to great for your skin.

What is Essential Rewards?

I feel like I could go on and on about the products and oils I love and use from Young Living. There are a bunch I have not tried yet also. When I signed up for a membership I started with the most basic one that was available mostly to try the Ningxia Red drink and get the wholesale member pricing. After one small order the next month I signed up for the Essential Rewards monthly program. You need to order $50 of products each month through Essential Rewards and then you get reward points on each order that you can then use to get more products through the regular shopping cart section of the website. Spending $50 a month seemed like a lot at the time but since I order Progessence plus almost every month I just add another 1-2 more products or oils and I have enough. I am currently earning 20% back on my essential rewards orders so then I can use those reward points to buy something else or save them and let the points grow to use on a bigger purchase in a few months.

Wait…I have to spend $50 a month?

No. You don’t have to sign up for essential rewards. But I have found that it is worth it for me since I am ordering products from them monthly anyway and in addition I acquire reward points that I use for other purchases.

How do I spend at least $50 a month on Essential Rewards? It’s surprisingly easy. Some months in the beginning I spend more and then qualified for the free promo products for those months. I figured it out and even though I spend $150, I had received products worth over $300 total, but the reward points I used to buy other stuff and just paid shipping.

May ER Order:

Progessence Plus $38.50 (worth it)

Citrus Fresh 15 ML ($15. 75)

Valor Deodorant ($12.75) new product, will be the first time trying it

April ER Order:

2 Bottles of Progessence Plus (stocked up since was running out and was sold out the month before)

March ER Order:

 Prenolone + – 1.94 oz $37.75
Thieves Household Cleaner – 14.4 fl oz $22.50
ER Loyalty Kit – 6 Months $0.00 ( free 6 month gift for being on ER)

February ER Order:

 Endoflex Vitality $12.75 
Thieves Fresh Essence Mouthwash – 8oz $11.25USD (split between two bottles for less intensity and last longer)
Lip Balm – Cinnamint $4.25USD
NingXia Red 2 oz Singles – 30ct $87.00USD
Cedarwood Essential Oil – 15ml *Promo* ( Free promo for ordering over $100, I use with Lavender and White Angelica for Sleep in a diffuser)

Ok… How do I get started?

Do you want to try the amazing Thieves products, get started using essential oils or drink Ninxgia Red for your health? I say just give it a try. Start with a premium started kit. You can start with essential rewards right away and start earning pints back on your starter kit order or add essential rewards later after you fall in love with the products.
Use these links below to get started and make sure to use my member/enroller ID number so I can set you up with some great Facebook Groups and send you a free gift from me. As of right now on May 14 Young Living is offering a free bottle of the new Luscious Lemon Foaming Hand Soap. This offer is only available until 5/31/2020, but why not add it to your cart anyway if it is not free anymore after that.
The Everyday Essential Oil kit is perfect to get started using essential oils
The Welcome Home Kit
Make sure to use the links provided so you get added to my team and I can set you up with a few Facebook groups and send you a gift from me.

Learn More about Essential Oils

Learn more about Thieves essential oil blend

5 Basics Essential Oil Things to Know

4 Natural Deodorant to try and why you should make the change

Deodorant and Antiperspirant

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A substance that is applied to mask or hide body odor due to bacteria breaking down.

Antiperspirants stop sweating by blocking the sweat glands. These normally contain aluminum, which blocks the sweat glands, therefore reducing sweating.

Deodorant on the other hand still allows for sweating but reduces the colonization of bacteria or masks the smell. Sweating is a normal human process.

Human perspiration is normally odorless, but bacteria colonizes in this warm area and causes body odor.

What is the difference with Natural Deodorant?

Natural Deodorants are not antiperspirants. They do not block the sweat glands. They do not contain aluminum.

The common ingredients in natural deodorants are baking soda or arrow root to absorb sweat, coconut oil which is microbial and essential oils. There may be some other ingredients also depending on the brand.  It is possible to make your own deodorant at home with these ingredients but I have found the consistency to be more user friendly with the ones that are available to buy from the various natural deodorant companies out there.

Baking Soda- Does it Matter?

Yes. If you have a reaction or sensitive skin

No. If you don’t have sensitive skin

Maybe. All brands are different and one might have an ingredient in it, baking soda or not, that you have a reaction to.

Some people have a sensitivity to baking soda which is a common ingredient in natural deodorants. If you try a natural deodorant and have a reaction look to see if baking soda is one of the ingredients. There are now many companies that make their products or have a sensitive line that does not use baking soda.

I personally do not have a reaction to baking soda but there is an ingredient in at least 2 brands that I do have a reaction to which I will discuss below. I can use natural deodorants with baking soda normally with no problem.


Detoxing Pits before switching to a natural deodorant?

Some people and some of the natual deodorant websites claim that you need to detox your arm pits before switching to a natural deodorant. This is said to help the results of the switch from traditional deodorant and antiperspirant to natural go more smoothly.

I personally did not do a detox before attempting my first brand of natural deodorant about 6 years ago. I can not remember if there was a transition phase or not. But for those who would like to get the best possible chance at liking a natural deodorant there are a few  simple things you can do.

The first is to make a mixture of bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and water to make a mask that is applied to your arm pits until dry.

A second method is to exfoliate your armpits once a week. This can be done with a homemade body scrub made with oat flour and water. Moisturize with unscented oil like coconut oil.

Third is to just let your body detox naturally which it will do over time with sweating. There might be a transition period that could last from 2-4 weeks. Your odor may increase over the first 1-2 weeks before it starts to decrease. This is especially true if switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant. There will be an increase in odor causing bacteria in week 2 and an increase in sweating since the aluminum is working it’s way out. But remember sweating is normal and okay. This detox period will probably be less for those that are only switching from regular deodorant to natural deodorant. Week 3 will bring less odor causing bacteria and less sweating.

Five brands I have tried:

Tom’s of Maine

This was the first brand I tried in the more natural line of deodorants. For a little while I liked it. It smelled good and seemed to work. About a month or so into using it I experienced a severe reaction. I broke out in a painful rash and every time I put the deodorant on I started sweating more. It was terrible.

There is now a prebiotic line that I have not tried that I will link below if anyone is interested in giving it a try.

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Buy at local stores


Smells good



Bad reaction


I learned about this brand from sister.  I have now been using this brand for almost 4 years. It feels just like any regular deodorant from the store and smells great. It works very well and I have not had any bad reactions using it.

There are 5 permanent scents- coconut and vanilla, lavender and rose, cucumber and mint, unscented and charcoal

My all time favorite is the coconut and vanilla with second place going to cucumber and mint.

They also have 3-4 seasonal scents every season. I like to order these occasionally when one of them peaks my interest.

Price: $12 for a one time purchase, $10 with a subscription ( I have mine set a t every 4 months since I like to order the seasonal ones also), $20 classic or seasonal box set of three or $24 for 5 different scents of mini/travel size.

I keep coming back to Native because it feels just like traditional deodorant, doesn’t make my skin react badly and I love the scents. Of course not every scent is wonderful. Some of the seasonal scents have not been my favorite but the classic scents I always fall back on have been wonderful.

There is also sensitive line that does not include baking soda in the ingredients. I haven’t found that baking soda bothers me though.

Other Products:

Body Wash, Bar Soap and Toothpaste


Feels like traditional deodorant

Good scents

Sensitive line

Can set up a monthly or every 2 or 3 or 4 month subscription by visiting



Online purchase only


Eden’s Garden

This line is from one of my favorite essential oil companies. They have expanded their products and now have natural deodorant. I was excited about trying these out but unfortunately they were not as good as I had hoped. The scents were fine, I tried two different scents but neither was great. I also was not a fan of the texture of the actual product. Unlike Native that feels just like using a Dove solid from Walmart, the Eden’s Garden deodorants are completely different. They are still a solid deodorant but in order to apply the product you need to warm it up under your arm pit for a few seconds before applying it.

The product performed fine and I didn’t have any bad reactions to the product. My only issue with this product is the feel of the product and I didn’t love the scents.

There are now 12 different scents which is an increase since I tried the product. One of the new scents is Fighting Five which is Eden’s Garden’s version of Young Livings Thieves blend. This is actually very exciting since this blend is an immune booster. I have not tried it but would be very interested to see how it is as a deodorant.

Other products to buy from this company is essential oils, diffusers, bar soap, body oil, candles, room spray and perfume.


If you order through Eden’s Garden use referral code and set up Aroma notes to earn points to use toward products.


No baking soda

Essential oils

Solid deodorant



Needs to be warmed up before applying

Scents were not remarkable


This line is available in many stores such as Walmart. I was excited to try this brand because of the price point, that it is available in stores and comes in various scents. Unfortunately I had the same reaction to this deodorant that I did to the Tom’s of Maine. At first it seemed to work just fine but after a few weeks my under arms were freaking out and I had to stop using it.

Schmidt’s recently added a hemp oil line of deodorants that I have not tried. It has a higher price point than the regular Schmidt’s at about $13


Available in stores

Various Scents

Good price point

Applies like regular deodorant



I had a bad reaction to this product


Lume was created by a gynecologist and claims that it can be used on both your pits and your privates. It also claims to work for 72 hours. It comes in 4 scents and unscented. I tried the Jasmine Rose. It was a nice light scent. I don’t feel that it lasted 72 hours though. I used this during winter and then on a cruise. It was never super hot and I feel it did a fine job at staying not stinky but defiantly not for 72 hours. The company says that you need to detox your armpit and clothes before using and that over the first week of use you will have to use more product that then can be reduced after using the product for awhile.

I liked the scent of this product and had no bad reactions to it but I do not feel it performed for the 72 hours the company claims. The application is also not like a regular solid deodorant. It is more of a mix between a gel and a cream type of consistency. You turn the knob to get the product to come up and then apply to your skin, but then you need to rub it in. This was a bit different for me but not that bad of a change or a reason not to use this product.

Lume comes in a deodorant stick dispenser or in a tube. Either way the product is the same. I bought the deodorant stick but I feel that the tube packing might be better for me since I plan on using as a anti chafing product between my thighs. I did this on our cruise when we walked in the morning and found there to be less chafing than normal.

I think this is a unique product and it is great that it has more than one use.

They also sell soap and deodorant wipes.



Nice scent


Cruelty Free

Aluminum free

Baking soda free

Can be used on other parts of the body

Tube or stick packaging



Didn’t last 72 hours

Sticky consistency

Other Brands I have not tried yet

Meow Meow Tweet


Hippy Pits

Comment below if you have tried any of these brands and what you thought.



Thieves Essential Oil- Why you need it!


Thieves Essential Oil- Why you need it!

You may be wondering what Thieves essential oil is. It has a funny name and the name doesn’t exactly explain what it is. This article will fill you in on what exactly Thieves essential oil is. Where the name came from, how and why to use it.

The Name

The name Thieves is Young Living’s proprietary blend that is inspired by the legend of four French thieves from the 15th century. The legend says that they created a special aromatic combination that protected them from the black plaque. That when they were caught the authorities gave them a more merciful punishment for divulging the ingredients in the secret formula. 

Whether this true or a completely made up story to sell a product I have no idea. What I do know is that the scent of Thieves is a wonderful spicy aroma that I can’t get enough of.

Thieves essential oil is made up of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lemon essential oil.

Why are these oils so good?

Clove essential oil: An antimicrobial, to help kill bacteria (

Cinnamon Bark: antibacterial, antifungal (

Research suggests that cinnamon oil:

  • Combats hard-to-treat bacterial organisms. A studyTrusted Source, which used bacterial cultures and lab tests, found that compounds in cinnamon oil had an antimicrobial effect against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a potentially life-threatening, drug-resistant bacteria that affects plants, people, and other animals.
  • Supports oral health. Cinnamon’s antibacterial and antifungal properties have been found to be effective against Streptococcus mutansTrusted Source and on Candida ssp biofilm, two agents which cause oral infections and cavities in teeth.
  • Disinfects. Cinnamon bark oil’s antibacterial properties make it a safe, effective, and non-chemical additive alternative that can be used to preserve products and increase their shelf life. One studyTrusted Source found that cinnamon oil could be effectively used as a preservative in cosmetics, toiletries, and hospital-setting disinfectants.”  (

Eucalyptus: Antimicrobial properties

Rosemary: antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic

Lemon: Antimicrobial Agent

“Lemon oil can be used to cleanse your home of harmful pathogens, like bacteria, fungi and other harmful pathogens. Using lemon as a natural cleaning product also keeps your home free of conventional products that are made with dangerous chemicals.” (


How to Use?

The Thieves line of products from Young Living is quite diverse. It includes more than just the Thieves essential oil.

The main way to use Thieves is the Thieves essential oil blend. It comes in a 5 ml vitality blend which just means that it is labeled for ingestion and a 15 ml bottle. They are actually exactly the same oil just different sizes and different labels.

It is recommend you do your own research and make your own decision on whether or not to ingest essential oils. Some oils are considered hot oils and they are all very concentrated. I personally choice to very rarely ingest essential oils since there is controversy regarding whether it is acceptable or not. 

Another great way to use Thieves in your house is to use the Thieves Household Cleaner. It is a concentrate that smells amazing and works great. This cleaner comes as a 14.4 ounce bottle. Just one cap full of cleaner makes a 16 ounce multi-purpose cleaner. That comes to about 60-65 of these 16 ounce multipurpose bottles. The concentrate sells at wholesale for $22.50 meaning that if you get 65 bottles out of it, each bottle cost you $0.35. No other bottle of cleaner, let alone a non-toxic one sells at this price.

There are a ton more products in the Thieves line.

These include toothpaste, mouthwash, mints, cough drops, hard lozenges, hand sanitizer, wipes, dishwasher detergent, foaming hand soap, dish soap.


How do I get this amazing stuff?

Sign up for a wholesale account by buying one of the premium starter kits. There are two options.

The Thieves Premium Starter kit as seen below. It comes with so much great stuff.


2 bottles of the household cleaner concentrate (I love this stuff)

Thieves toothpaste

Thieves mouthwash

2 Thieves foaming hand soap

3 bottles of waterless thieves hand sanitizer

1 Thieves mints

2 Thieves Spray 1 oz bottles,

Thieves essential oil blend

Stress Away essential oil blend ( Smells amazing)

1 rollerball attachment

2 ningxia red samples. 


So many great Thieves products, a wholesale account with 24% off retail and no commitment to buy monthly or to sell.

Use Sponsor/member # 19393421




The second option is to order the Everyday Oils Premium Starter kit.

Everyday Oils


12 Oils (Frankincense, Peppermint Vitality, Digize Vitality, Valor, Lavender, Peace and Calming, Lemon Vitality, Thieves Vitality, Panaway, Raven, Citrus Fresh, Stress Away)

1 Diffuser

2 roller ball attachments

1 Thieves Spray 1 oz bottle

2 samples of Ninxgia Red

Thieves waterless hand sanitizer


This premium starter kit gets you started with 12 great oils, a wholesale account with 24% off retail and no commitment to buy monthly or to sell. 

Sponsor/member # 19393421


There is a monthly Essential Rewards account ($50 min a month order) that many sign up for that earns you points back on each purchase and free products. ER is completely optional but has some great perks. Signing up for ER when you order a premium starter kit gets you 10% back on your account in pv points right away to use on other products.


Essential Oil Basics- Five things to know

To get started with using essential oils requires some essential information. This article covers five essential oil basics to get you ready to start using essential oils.

Essential Oil Basics #1- What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are extracted from leaves, flowers, seeds, roots and resins. These extracted essential oils support health and well being. The oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing.

An essential oil is a natural product extracted from a single plant species. Not all plants produce essential oils, and in the plants that do, the essential oil may be found in the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits.

They are therapeutic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. They promote homeostasis and work with the peripheral and ventral nervous system. Essential oils are non-greasy and require only a few drops to have tremendous effects on emotional well-being and physical health.

Essential oils are volatile oils. This means they need to be stored in dark glass bottles in a cool area and they evaporate quickly into the air.


The light chemical compounds within essential oils that evaporate quickly into the air. It should be noted that undiluted essential oils contain hundreds of complex compounds.

Essential Oil Basics #2- What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils to increase cognitive function, bodily health and mood. Essential oils can be diffused or applied topically.

There is a debate on whether essential oils should be ingested. Please do your own research on ingesting essential oils before just doing it. Some essential oils are safer to ingest than others. If ingesting essential oils it would be wise to mix it with a carrier such as honey so as not to be drinking the oil straight since water and oil do not mix, water does not dilute essential oil.

75% of emotions are prompted by smells

Essential oils interact with the limbic system


Essential Oil Basics #3-What to look for in an essential oil Brand?

Pure 100% essential oil, nothing added or synthetic. Look for the botanical name

Definition- Botanical Name

Represents the genus and species of the plant. Essential oils are in Latin and list genus first and species second. The name identifies where each essential oil comes from and defines its properties.

Essential Oil Basics #4 -Facts 

 Essential oils are also used by plants themselves. Naturally occurring essential oils in plants help with infection control, humidity control, hormonal effects, wound healing, and attracting or repelling insects, birds, and animals.

 Essential oils do not feel oily; they are called “oils” because they contain the oil-soluble chemicals in the plant (usually 100 to 200 chemicals per essential oil). This complex chemistry gives essential oils their therapeutic properties and explains why different essential oils may have overlapping effects.

Essential Oil Basics #5- How to get started

Now that you have a better idea about what essential oils are and why to use them, you might be interested in getting started using essential oils. Essential oils are a great way to benefit your family’s health and begin to switch to a toxic free life.

Essential oils have many benefits from smelling good, being anti inflammatory and anti-fungal, helping with your emotions and to clean your house.

I love using Lavender and Cedar wood at night in the diffuser to help me fall asleep. I use Valor, Joy or Abundance essential oil blends in the morning to get my day off to the right start.  I use stress away when I have having trouble dealing with various things happening in life.I use Thieves cleaner, Thieves mouthwash and Thieves toothpaste to replace the toxic versions that I used for years.

There are so many ways and reasons to use essential oils and products that are made with essential oils. They not only smell great but they have properties that promote well-being and keep our homes clean.

Starter Kits

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Essential oils

The everyday oil premium started kit is the way to get started using essential oils and get introduced to Ningxia Red and Thieves. Click on the link below to learn more and order your premium starter kit.

The everyday oil kit includes 12 oils, a diffuser, 2 samples of Ningxia Red, a bottle of Thieves waterless hand sanitizer and a bottle of Thieves spay.

This is the best way to get some wonderful oils and a diffuser and start using essential oils. Make sure to use the link above when ordering so I know you ordered and are on our team and can send you a free gift from me.

Thieves Products

If you are looking to make the switch to better and less toxic house cleaning and lifestyle products for your family, check out the Thieves starter kit. Click on the link below to learn more and order your Thieves starter kit.

It comes with 2 bottles of Thieves household cleaner, Thieves mouthwash, Thieves toothpaste, 2 foaming hand soaps, 15 ml bottle of Thieves essential oil blend, Thieves mints, 3 Thieves waterless hand sanitizers, 2 1 oz bottles of Thieves spray, 2 samples packets of 2 oz of Ningxia Red and a 5ml bottle of stress away.

The household cleaner is a concentrate so it will last a very long time. Take just 1 cap full of the cleaner and add it to a 16 oz spray bottle and fill with water and you have a multipurpose household spray. This bottle will make many bottles of spay for you.

The Thieves mouthwash is also very concentrated and can be split into two. I put half into another bottle and then fill both those bottles the rest of the way up with water.

In addition to all the products you get in your starter kit, I will be sending you a lip balm of your choosing,  a bottle of Thieves spray made with the Thieves household cleaner and Thieves essential oil blend that you can keep or share with someone else and a guide to help you learn and use your new oils. You will also be added to the Keep Calm and Essential on Facebook group. Make sure you use the links above so that my member number goes in when you order so I know to send you your free gifts.

Thank you for visiting to learn about essential oils today.


Doula Training- All the options

Options for becoming a Doula

In the article about what is a Doula we discussed the differences between Birth Doulas and Postpartum Doulas. To read that click the link

In this article we will look at the various options for becoming a Doula

These include online only, in person and online and in person options.

A reading list is included from the various training website. Some certifying organizations have a required reading list and require essays. Some organizations just have a recommended reading list. Each certifying organization is different in what they require. Some organizations will require you attend births to get certified while others will give you certification without attending births first.

Also provided are some podcast to listen to and some videos to watch either before you start your training or during. These may help you decide if being a doula is for you and broaden your view of pregnancy, labor and birth and child raising.


Online Training

Birth Arts International:

mostly online expect taking a child birth education series

Required reading list

required 5 birth attendance for certification

4-8 months online about $400 dollars not including books and childbirth education series


Maternity Wise:

Online option


Digital turtiorials

curriculum Manual

open book assignments

Business training

trainer mentoring by phone or email

care for 3 families

required 11 books to read



Online ( can attend a workshop for $150 if want)

3 mandatory books to read and write report and 2 optional books for birth doula

required CPR/first aid certification for postpartum doula certification

$300 for birth doula, postpartum, massage for the laboring women, childbirth education, breastfeeding support and loss and bereavement ( payment plan available)

Use Code bauder804 for $50 off your professional membership which makes starting as doula even better.


International Doula Institute: Birth and postpartum option

  • Daily/weekly Lesson Plans taught by expert doctors, nurses, midwives, dietitians and doulas.
  • Multimedia
  • Assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects for each class.
  • Membership in a specialized community of doulas, in which support, encouragement and resources are freely shared.

Access to Doula Trainer via Phone and Email for 1 Year: Included! ($800 Value)

Membership in our “Secret” Facebook Support Group: Included! ($200 Value)

Doula Mentorship: Included! ($400 Value)

Online Doula Workshop*: Included! ($600 Value)

Certification Examination: Included! ($100 Value)

Certification: Included!

Shipping and Handling: Included!

Total Tuition Cost for ONE: $690

Total Tuition Cost for BOTH: $1380

Here is how you get certified as a doula through International Doula Institute:

  1. Complete all modules of the online curriculum including readings, real world practice, written assignments and tests.
  2. Sign the Scope of Practice
  3. Sign the Professional Code of Conduct Statement
  4. Sign the Disciplinary Standards


CAPPA (online option)

Total cost: $745.00 and up (includes membership fee, online distance learning course, manual, dvd, scope of practice cards and access to CAPPA academy, scope of practice intensice review, understanding birth booklet and understanding breastfeeding booklet) plus cost of books

Course Requirements:

2 years to complete, be a CAPPA member, must be over 18 years old, enroll in distance learning course

Read the CAPPA Labor Doula training manual, the required books and watch the required DVD 

Order, read, and complete all online content, including videos, from the Understanding Breastfeeding Book and the Understanding Birth Book available in the CAPPA shop.

Attend a minimum of three labors/births as a doula. You’ll be required to obtain evaluations from parents and healthcare providers.

Create a resource list with information on local support for parents.

Sign required forms

Pass the multiple choice exam and essays. An 85% passing grade is required.

Complete the Scope of Practice Intensive Review and pass the Scope of Practice Quiz.


Childbirth international:

recommended reading list

all online

Birth Doula
  • Printed One Payment: $630 (+ shipping)
  • Green One Payment: $600
  • Printed Five Installments: $136/month for 5 months (+ shipping)
  • Green Five Installments: $130/month for 5 months
Postpartum Doula
  • Printed One Payment: $630 (+ shipping)
  • Green One Payment: $600
  • Printed Five Installments: $136/month for 5 months (+ shipping)


Bebo Mia Doula Training:

$979 one time payment

$359 3 payments

$179 6 payments

Get certified as both a birth doula and a postpartum doula, plus you get training in starting your business.

12 week program with live videos or can watch later if miss live video

24 months to complete program

required reading list

Current CPR certification required

    • Attend 1 postnatal shifts; minimum 4.
    • Attend 3 births – minimum 50 hours attending and supporting labour/birth cumulatively
    • Volunteer births receive one prenatal visit. Paid births receive two.
    • Must remain with mother to provide immediate postpartum care for at least 90 minutes
    • Only 1 birth may be an ELECTIVE Cesarean Section
    • Must complete the labour summary form provided by bebo mia
    • Each summary form has to be reviewed and signed by the nurse, midwife or GP who attended the delivery when possible
    • An evaluation for for each birth must be filled out by laboring woman or support person/partner

Pass final exam with a grade of 85%


Cardinal Birth doula training:



required reading list

online assignements


evidence based research articles required

Facebook group


Stillbirth Day:

combining a complete birth doula preparation program with an intensive bereavement doula training

a fully online, at-your-own-pace, group support, certification program

will be certified as a traditional birth doula, and, certified as a bereavement doula

8 open book exams based on 8 chapter lessons, each corresponding with a designated file.  Each open book exam has approximately 10 questions

2 book reviews and a community project


In person workshops


Labor Doula or postpartum 

  • a DONA approved doula workshop
  • a reading list developed by the world’s top doulas
  • additional training in breastfeeding (online option)
  • auditing a childbirth class (birth doulas only)
  • hands-on support for several clients
  • professional evaluation and self-reflection
  • developing a resource list for your community
  • business webinar training
  • an essay
  • Reference list

Attendance at a DONA approved birth doula workshop (valid for four years from completion) 



20 hour workshop must be attended in its entirety. Cost for this 2 day intensive is $595 (US Dollars) plus an additional first year membership fee of $75 (US Dollars). Annual membership fee for each subsequent year is $50 (US Dollars).


2 day workshop, attendance at 3 births with evaluations written for you, at home assignments and a Skype call required for certification.

The first step is to take a training workshop. During this workshop you will build a foundation for earning your certification, serving your future clients and building your Doula business.

Check the website for currently scheduled classes. If there isn’t one scheduled in your area, contact them – your paid registration ($595* for Postpartum & Infant Care Doula Workshop OR $595* for Labor Doula Workshop) will require them to put a training on the calendar in your area, to take place within eight weeks


To labor Doula Training:

Currently revamping their workshop.

No 2018 workshops listed on their website as of June 1 2018

Required Reading, Listening and Viewing for Birth Doula Certification



Successful completion of the 4 online learning modules (prerequisites)

Attend a hands-on 8 hour workshop

Each module takes approximately 60 minutes = 4 hours online

Hands-on workshop = 8 hours in person

Approximately 12 hours from start to certification

No births required for certification, leave workshop with certification after finishing online learning modules

$500 birth doula

$500 postpartum doula


Best Doula Training:

$595 registration fee covers everything – besides books. BEST has no packets and no membership fees. Registrations received 6 weeks prior to a workshop are eligible for an early bird discount making the total investment $495.

  1. Register and pay for your training. Get excited!
  2. Read the books from the required reading list.
  3. View the included online childbirth and breastfeeding courses. (waived if you are a childbirth educator or doula).
  4. Complete your blood borne pathogens course.
  5. View The Business of Being Born.


  • Total cost: $670.00 and up, plus cost of books
  • Attend a CAPPA Labor Doula training class 
  • meet all the same requirements as the online option including CAPPA academy, reading list and other assignments
  • attend required births


Maternity Wise:

In person workshop 2 day for labor or 3 for labor and postpartum

The pricing is all-inclusive.

This means it includes your Membership fee ($49) and your Certification Packet fees ($29 each program) as well as the cost of the Workshop, lunch and snacks.

Labor Doula Training: $525

Postpartum Doula Training: $375

Cost (discounted) for BOTH Workshops: $750

Care for 3 families

required 11 books to read



Books to read

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    • The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin (2013, or later)

    • The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help you Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth by Marshall and Phyllis Klaus (2012, or later)

    • Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton with Elaine G. Clift (2014, or later)

    • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

    • The Thinking Womans Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer

    • Pushed by Jennifer Block

    • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin

    • Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

    • The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin

  • Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin

    • The Baby Book by William Sears

    • What to Expect when you are Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads by Barbara Luke

    • Becoming Us, 8 Steps to Grow a Family that Thrives by Elly Taylor

    • The Happiest Baby on the Block video and/or book by Dr. Harvey Karp

    • The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth, 4th ed. – Sheila Kitzinger
    • The Cesarean – Michel Odent
    • Born in the USA – Marsden Wagner

    • Experienced Doula: Advanced Skills for Hospital Doulas By Cassaundra Jah, CPM, IBCLC

    • The Gentle Art of Newborn Family Care: A Guide for Doulas and CaregiversThe Doula Business Bible – Marinda Lloyd
    • How to rock your doula client interview: From enquiry to paying clients – Kelly Evans

    • The Ultimate “How To” Guide For Doulas ~ How To Become A Doula And Create A Successful Business Doing What You Love! – April Rain

    • The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Mother-baby Business 2nd Edition – Patty Brennan

    • The Community-Based Doula: Supporting Families Before, During, and After Childbirth, by Rachl Abramson, Ginger K., Breedlove, and Beth Isaacs

    • Beautiful! Images of Health, Joy, and Vitality in Pregnancy and Birth. by Jennie Joseph

    • The Pregnancy Book – William and Martha Sears
    • Pregnancy the Natural Way – Zita West

    • The Scientification of Love – Michel Odent

  • A Holistic Guide to Embracing Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood – Karen Salt
  • Reclaiming the Spirituality of Birth: Healing for Mothers and Babies – Benig Mauger
  • Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
  • Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Wise Woman Herbal Series, Book 1)
  • Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar
  • Ayurveda for the Childbearing Years – Terra Rafael
  • Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC
  • Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding, by Ina May Gaskin
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, by Jack Newman, MD., and Teresa Pitman
  • Breastfeeding, 2nd ed. – Suzanne Arms, Chloe Renfew
  • The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth through Weaning – William and Martha Sears
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – La Leche League International
  • Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC) – Nancy Wainer Cohen
  • Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s (Critical Studies in Education & Culture) – Nancy Wainer Cohen
  • The VBAC Companion: The Expectant Mother’s Guide to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – Diana Korte
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: The Smart Woman’s Guide to VBAC – Elizabeth Kaufmann
  • Birth after Cesarean: The Medical Facts – Dr. Bruce Flamm
  • Natural Birth After Cesarean: A Practical Guide – Johanne C. Walters , Karis Crawford
  • Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy – Pam Vredevelt
  • Ended Beginnings – Claudia Panuthos
  • The Bereaved Parent – Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
  • supporting Birth & Bereavement as a Doula: A concise guide based on stillbirthday training – Heidi Faith
  • The New Pregnancy & Childbirth: Choices and Challenges by Sheila Kitzinger (2011, or later)
  • The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: an All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between by Ann Douglas (2012, or later)
  • The Simple Guide to Having a Baby: a Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Janet Whalley, Penny Simkin and Ann Keppler (2012, or later)
  •  Optimal Care in Childbirth: the Case for a Physiologic Approach by Henci Goer and Amy Romano (2012, or later)
  • An Easier Childbirth: a Mother’s Guide to Birthing Normally by Gayle Peterson (2008, or later)
  •  Natural Hospital Birth: the Best of Both Worlds by Cynthia Gabriel (2011, or later)
  •  Breastfeeding Made Simple: 7 Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, (2010, or later)
  • Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding: the Canadian Expert Offers the Most Up-to-Date Advice on Every Aspect of Breastfeeding by Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman (2015, or later)
  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman (2010, or later)
  •  The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins (2015, or later)
  •  This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin (2013, or later)
  •  The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett (2005, or later)
  •  Transformed by Postpartum Depression: Women’s Stories of Trauma and Growth by Walker Karraa (2014, or later)
  •  Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide by Pacific Postpartum Support (2014, or later)
  • Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success! by Paulina Perez with Deaun Thelen (2010, or later)
  • The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox (2014, or later)
  •  Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals by Tori O’Neal-McElrath (2013, or later)
  •  You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself by Harry Beckwith and Christine Clifford (2011, or later)
  •  Worth Every Penny: Build a Business That Thrills Your Customers and Still Charge What You’re Worth by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck (2012, or later)
  •  Body of Work: Finding The Thread That Binds Your Story Together by Pamela Slim (2013, or later)
  • Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood by Wolf (2013)
  • Mothering the New Mother: Women’s Feelings and Needs after Childbirth: A Support and Resource Guide by Packsin (2000)
  • The Year after Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby’s First Year by Kitzinger (1996)*
  • The Mother of All Baby Books: The Ultimate Guide to Your Baby’s First Year by Douglas (2012)
  • The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward by Plooij (2013)
  • Touchpoints: Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development by Brazelton (2006)
  • Your Baby is Speaking to You: A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby by Nugent (2011)
  • Your Amazing Newborn by Klaus
  • And Baby Makes Three: The Six Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby Arrives by Gottman (2008)
  • Becoming a Father: How to Nurture and Enjoy Your Family by Sears (2003)
  • Fathering Right from the Start: Straight Talk about Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond by Heinowitz (2001)
  • Bonding: Building the Foundations of Secure Attachment and Independence by Kennell and Klaus (1996)*
  • The Vital Touch: How Intimate Contact with Your Baby Leads to Happier, Healthier Development by Heller (1997)*
  •  Helping Baby Sleep: The Science and Practice of Gentle Bedtime Parenting by Gethin and Macgregor (2009)
  • Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by La Leche League International (2014)
  • I’m Listening: A Guide to Supporting Postpartum Families by Honikman (2014)
  • The Postpartum Husband: Practical Solutions for Living with Postpartum Depression by Kleiman (2001)
  • Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby is Born by Noble (2003)
  • The Year after Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Yourself in Your Baby’s First Year by Kitzinger (1996)*
  •  Nurturing Beginnings: Guide to Postpartum Care for Doulas and Community Outreach Workers by Pascali Bonaro (2014, Kindle only)
  • Nurturing the Family: The Guide for Postpartum Doulas by Kelleher (2002)
  • Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Slim (2013)
  • The Doula Business Guide: Creating a Successful Motherbaby Business by Brennan (2014)
  • Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant – Paulina Perez
  • Doula: We Couldn’t Have Done It without You! The Ultimate Guide to Labor Support during Pregnancy and Childbirth – Antoinette Bond, Janet M. Graham
  • The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant – Rachel Gurevich
  • Doula Programs – Paulina Perez
  • The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook – Paulina Perez • Birth Balls: Use of Physical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care – Paulina Perez
  • Herbal and Aromatherapy Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding Demetria Clark
  • Birthing from Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation – Pam England
  • Sacred Birthing – Sunni Karll • A Good Birth, A Safe Birth : Choosing and Having the Childbirth Experience You Want, Third Revised Edition by Diana Korte
  • Mother’s Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth – Kim Wildner
  • Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally – Janet Balaskas
  • Gentle Birth Choices. – Barbara Harper
  • Having a Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth – Peggy O’Mara
  •  Rediscovering Birth – Sheila Kitzinger
  • An Easier Childbirth: A Mother’s Guide for Birthing Normally – Gayle Peterson
  • Bestfeeding, – Suzanne Arms, Chloe Renfew
  • The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth through Weaning – William and Martha Sears
  • The Complete Book of Breastfeeding – Marvin S. Eiger, Sally Wendkos Olds
  • The Nursing Mother’s Companion – Kathleen Huggins
  • Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Breastfeeding and Staying Close to Your Baby After You Return to Work – Gale Pryor
  • Breastfeeding Special Care Babies – Sandra Lang
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America – Jack Newman
  • Education & Counseling for Childbirth – Sheila Kitzinger
  • Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy – Pam Vredevelt
  • Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic – Martha Beck
  • Choosing Naia : A Family’s Journey – Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The Bereaved Parent – Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
  • Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing – Thomas R. Golden
  • Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives – Aviva Jill Romm
  • The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two (Revised and Updated Edition) – James Sears
  • The Attachment Parenting Book: A Commonsense Guide to Understanding and Nurturing Your Baby – Martha Sears, William Sears
  • Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sharing Your Bed With Your Baby – Deborah Jackson
  • The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart -Jan Hunt
  • Primal Health: Understanding the Critical Period Between Conception and the First Birthday – Michel Odent
  • Natural Family Living: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Parenting – Peggy O’Mara
  • The Continuum Concept – Jean Liedloff
  • After the Baby’s Birth, 2nd ed. – Robin Lim
  • Herbal Healing for Children– Demetria Clark


toRaise Questions Doula Podcast by toLabor- available on iTunes or stitcher radio

Indie Birth podcast

Evidence Based Birth podcast– Stitcher Radio

Birth Kweens- Stitcher Radio, iTunes or



Youtube videos/channels 

Tedx Talks:

Why Fathers should be present at births

 Home or Hospital: Holding the space for human birth

Breastfeeding and the modern women

Reducing Fear of Birth in US culture- Ina May Gaskin

Mama Natural

Your Doula Bag

Midwifery Today

The Positive Birth Company

Baby Center


Documentaries to watch

Comfort Measures for Childbirth DVD by Penny Simkin

Pregnant in America- Amazon prime streaming

The Business of being Born- Amazon

More Business of being Born- Amazon

This is Birth with Lisa Lang-

The Mama Sherpas- Amazon

Milk- Amazon Prime streaming

Midwife- Amason

Why not Home- Amazon

A breech in the system- Amazon Prime streaming

Natural Born Babies- Amazon Prime Streaming

The Milky Way- Amazon Prime Streaming

Educational Blog Posts



What is a Doula- Birth and Postpartum

What is a Doula?

There are a few different types of Doulas. There are birth or labor Doulas, postpartum doulas, antepartum doulas, and end of life doulas.

This article will discuss the first three types of doula that are related to pregnancy, child birth and the first few week of a new babies life.

If you are interested in training to become a Doula click the link here to learn about all the training options available

What is a Doula- Birth Doula

A birth doula is a doula that attends the labor and birth. This type of doula will normally meet with the pregnant mother and her partner 2-3 times before the labor begins. The first meeting will normally be an interview. The doula interviews the couple to see if they are a match for her and the couple interview the doula to see if she is a match for them and how they want to labor. It is important for both sides to feel comfortable with the arrangement and it is advisable for the new parents to interview more than one doula to have options available and see who she feels comfortable having at her birth. Birth is an intimate occasion and she will want to feel comfortable with the people she brings into her laboring environment.

Once a couple has chosen a doula and reviewed the contract and made a payment arrangement the doula then will set up 1-2 prenatal visits. At the prenatal visits the doula will review comfort measures with both parents or with the mothers partner. They will discuss nutrition, questions to ask her provider, they will go over possible things that will happen during labor and birth, what her options are and set up a birth plan. Some doulas that have extra training may offer massage, aromatherapy, acupressure or extra child birth education.

When it gets close to the mothers expected due date, about 2 week before and 2 weeks after the due date, the doula will then be on call. During this time period the mother or partner can contact her at anytime. They will be advised to contact her when they think early labor has started, if her water breaks or if they have any questions including when to go to the hospital or call the midwife.

Depending on what was agreed to prior to laboring starting the doula will arrive either during early labor or during active labor. Some doulas prefer to let the couple have time together in early labor before joining them at the hospital or the birth center. Doulas do attend home births but normally only if a midwife will be attending as the provider. When the doula joins the mother in labor she will provide comfort measures, help the partner to provide comfort measures, make the room more comfortable and relaxing, help her to express what she wants in regards to her birth plan, help her with breathing and moving positions and provide emotional support to both parents. She might grab food for the partner, light candles, massage the mothers back or offer counter pressure on the back among other things.

After the delivery, whether natural, with medications or by c-section, the doula will stay for about 1-2 hours after the birth to help the new mother will  bonding with the baby and breastfeeding. Then she will leave the new parents to get to know the new baby.  A few days later she will have a postpartum visit at the mother’s home. They will discuss the birth and the baby’s first few days. The doula may make suggestions of providers the mother could contact if she is struggling or has medical questions. The doula may help make food, clean up a little, or help with such things as baby wearing or more breastfeeding support.

A birth or labor doula is normally paid a set amount that is agreed upon at the interview and a contract is signed. The fee includes the prenatal visits, the birth and one postpartum visit. This fee could range from  a few hundred dollars to $1,500 or more depending on experience and additional options the doula provides.

What is a Doula-Postpartum Doula

A postpartum Doula gives support after the baby is born. Her role may include breastfeeding support, sleep training support, cleaning, cooking, helping older children adjust. This type of doula may stay over night so the new parents can sleep or she may bring the baby to the mom when it is time to feed. A postpartum doula is paid by the hour and her time with the new parents may be just a  few hours or could last for weeks depending on the needs of the family.

A postpartum doula can set more reliable hours and does not have an on call period like a labor doula.


What is a Doula- Antepartum Doula

This type of doula works will women who are high risk and are at risk of a preterm delivery. She tries to help the mother get as close as possible to a full term delivery.

What kind of support do they offer?

Light housekeeping, making healthy meals, shopping, and giving support to the mother. Giving support to the mother may include helping her be more comfortable if she is on bed rest. The doula will also provide emotional support by listening and helping the mother to remain calm and avoid stress. She may offer suggestions that will help her such as massage or physical therapy.

Why get one?

Birth Doulas lower the chance that a women will have a c-section and epidural and other interventions. A doula does not mean that these things will not happen but she informs her client of all the options, gives them comfort measures to help with pain, helps her understand what is normal in birth, helps her write a birth plan and reminds her of the birth plan when the time comes to make decisions. She helps the mother and the partner to take time to talk first before making a decision and reminds them to ask questions. Even if inductions and other interventions do occur the doula is there to support them emotionally. Many mothers who have a doula at her labor and birth find they were very satisfied with the process. Even if a c-section does occur the doula is still very useful, if not more so. If the c-section is unexpected this may cause stress and the doula can be very useful in helping the client during this unexpected development.


Doula Benefits

shorter labor

reduction in epidural request

reduction in caesarean rate

reduction in forceps use

reduction in use of pitocin

better apgar scores

greater satisfaction with birth experience

decreased anxiety

increased confidence

improved postpartum health

lactation support

comfort and reassurance



Now that the question What is a Doula has been answered, you might be interested in becoming one.

There are quite a variety of training methods available.

Doulas do not require a licence or a to be certified but being certified through an organization will give you the training and confidence to attend births or work as a postpartum doula. Expectant parents may want a doula that has been trained by a reqognized organization and may want the organization to have a good reputation and a grievance policy.

A greviance policy means that the doulas that are certified with that organization have agreed to follow certian guidelines and act in a professional manner. If they fail to do so they can be removed as a certified doula through that organization.

A person can work as a doula even if they have never done any formal training. They can not claim they are a certified doula though. Some hospitals are now asking for doulas to provide verification of their certification because some douals have caused problems or not acted in a professional manner while attending a birth. There are advantages to doing a training whether online or at an in person workshop and getting certified.

What are the options for learning to become a doula and getting certified?

Check out the post Doula Training Options and Resources for a comprehensive list of training options along with a book list, podcast, blog and video suggestions.


Kombucha- What is it?

Kombucha- What is it?

Some call it the Immortal Health Elixir and it is over 2,000 years old. So you may be wondering, Kombucha- What is it?

It is fermented tea, normally made with either black or green tea and sugar. There is a little carbonated and the can be made into many delicious flavors. When it is ready it may have a slight vinegar smell but should not taste vinegary.

Kombucha sounds like it is complicated but really kombucha is just a few simple ingredients.

Basic Kombucha is made with caffeinated black or green tea, sugar and a scoby.

What is a Scoby?

A scoby is a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast”. This is the most important part of making Kombucha. Without the Scoby you just have sweet tea but add in the Scoby for about 7 days and it feeds on the caffeine and sugar and turns your ordinary sweet tea into delicious fermented tea-Kombucha.

You can drink it just like this or second ferment it to add flavor and carbonation.

Buying a scoby

If you are wondering where in the world am I going to get this scoby thing. Don’t worry. See the links below for some scoby options and kombucha starter kits.

Benefits of Kombucha

After fermentation kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotics.

Some possible good side effects:

Improved Digestion
Weight Loss
Increased Energy
Cleansing and Detoxification
Immune Support
Reduced Joint Pain
Cancer Prevention

Some Possible negative side effects:

Some people have experienced stomach upset, infections and allergic reactions. It is from the acidity that this can cause problems for people with digestive problems like stomach ulcers, heartburn, or any sensitivity to very acidic foods.

Start with a small amount in moderation and gradually work your way up to drinking more to see if you have any negative reaction to it.  To limit your risk, buy pre-made kombucha that’s been tested for bacterial contamination. Make sure to sterilize any equipment or bottles you are using when making Kombucha at home.

Those with very poor immune systems, pregnant women and young children would be wise to not drink Kombucha.

Anyone who is avoiding alcohol or caffeine might want to avoid drinking Kombucha also.

To drink or not to drink Kombucha?

After weighing the possible good side effects vs the possible bad side effects it is up to each one individually to decide if they want to try Kombucha. I like brewing my own and coming up with flavors I like. It is also much less expensive to brew at home but if one is concerned about quality control they they might want to buy it from their local health food store, Wegmans or Whole Foods.

My reasons for drinking Kombucha are that it taste good, has only about 35-60 calories per 16 oz and makes me feel good.

Next time your drinking a Kombucha and someone says to you “Hey, so Kombucha- What is it?” You will have the answer.

Menstrual Cup Basics- How to choose a cup

Reusable Menstrual Cups

What is it and why should I use it?

A reusable menstrual cup is made from medical grade silicon. There are many benefits to using a reusable menstrual cup instead of tampons or pads.

  1. Can be reused for 5-10 years with proper care.

2. Money saving option

3. Non toxic

4. More comfortable after learning to use

5. Better for you

6. Better for the planet

7. Less waste

8. Easy to bring with you

9. Can stay in for 12 hours

10. Available in fun colors


There will be a learning curve when switching to a reusable menstrual cup. Learning to insert and remove the cup will take a little bit of research and patience. After you get past the learning curve hopefully you will love menstrual cups and continue to use them.

For a review of my first time experience with a reusable menstrual cup please read

There are many different brands of reusable menstrual cups. The one that most people know is the Diva cup.

The first thing to know is that not every reusable menstrual cup is the same. There are different sizes, capacity, firmness, stem types, colors and shapes.

What cup should I choose?


Each brand of reusable menstrual cup is slightly different. The ones I attached pictures to have a more unique design. Most menstrual cups range in price from $21-$40 and almost all cups come in two different sizes. The #1 size or A size depending on the brand is normally the smaller size for women/teens under 30 and who have not had children but these are also good for lighter flows. The #2 or B size is recommend for women who are over 30, have had children, have a heavier flow or a weaker pelvic flow. This is just a guideline to go by and may or may not be helpful in picking which cup size which work for you.


Lily Cup has a capacity of 32 ml for the #2 size and the #1 size has a capacity of 28 ml. The lily cup compact on the other hand has a capacity of 18 ml for size 1 and 23 ml for size 2, these I believe would be good for young girls just starting their period or very light flows. The lily cup compact seems to be the smallest cup on the market.

The brand I currently have, the EVA cup has a capacity of 30 ml in the #1 size and 37 ml in the #2 size.

They may have changed the size of their cup since I bought my size 1 since my EVA cup is only 25 ml capacity. I have a heavy flow for at least 2-3 day and can not go 12 hours without emptying my current cup.

The largest capacity cup I could find is the Super Jennie, the #1 size capacity is 32 ml and the #2 is 41 ml and at $29.95 this was a great purchase for me. I bought the size 2 and was skeptical at first when I compared it to the size 1 Eva cup. It was way bigger but worked great and the larger capacity is wonderful. I highly recommend for those with a heavy flow.

The diva cup is the cup that many people find at the drug store and may start with. This cup may or may not work for you, just as the cup that your friend or sister likes may not be the right one for you. It is important to remember that the first cup you try may not be the right one for you. There are various shapes, firmness and cup capacity.

Picking a cup

Some of finding the right cup for you will come down to trial and error but there are some things to take into consideration.

  1. Your flow

       2. Your cervix height (a low cervix means you will need a shorter cup or have to cut the stem off)

       3. Beginner or experienced with menstrual cups 

       4. Stem preference

      5. Firmness of cup ( this matters to some people who can feel the cup when inserted)

6. Shape


The heaviness or lightness of your flow is important to take into consideration when choosing a cup. Even if you are under 30 and have never had a child this does not mean that you can only use size 1 cup. If your flow is heavy try a size 2 cup. You may find that the larger size works better since you won’t have to change it as often and it might even fit better.

Cervix Height

Cervix Height may play a factor in what cup will work for you.

If you have high cervix then longer cups like the Diva cup and the Super Jennie will work great for you.

If you have a lower cervix then shorter cups or a disk shape will be better for you. You may find that even with shorter cups you have to cup the stem off.

Beginner or experienced Menstrual Cup user

If it is your first time trying a menstrual cup or still a beginner then the smaller cups may be easier. Teens will also find the smaller and shorter cups easier to insert.

After a few cycles of using a cup you may want to try a different brand or shape or size. It is great to have more than one cup. The more you use a menstrual cup the more confident you will get and may notice what you would like in a cup. The best way to learn about different cups besides actually trying them is to watch or read reviews on them. I love watching reviews on Youtube about the various cups.


The stem on the cup may not be important to you or it may be very important.

There are stems that are just straight, stems that are round with a hole, stems that are a ball and stems that are more or less stretchy.



Each brand of cup is different. Some are more or less firm.

Some women find that a firmer cup pushes against their bladder or feels uncomfortable. A firmer cup will pop open easier after insertion though.

For those that are sensitive to firmness they may want to look for a cup that is a lighter firmness or labeled as sensitive. A softer firmness may not open as well and may require more adjustments after insertion to fully open.


Bell Shape- The most common shape but length of the cup can vary.

Bowl Shape- The Femmycycle cup

Disk- The Intimina Ziggy Cup or the Nixit Cup 

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Photo Credit: The Eco Friendly Family

As you can see each cup is slightly different.  In general they are a bell shape. But the bell shape may be longer or shorter, fatter or skinnier.

Popular brands of reusable menstrual cups

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Lilly Cup

Lily cup compact cup


Diva Cup

Eva Cup

Femmy Cup- There are 3 versions- Regular, Petite and Low Cervix


Intimina Ziggy Cup – Extra-Thin Reusable Menstrual Cup (This is disk shape)

Supper Jennie



Disposable Menstrual Cups

There are a few options in the disposable menstrual cup area if the reusable option is not your cup of choice. Although I do love that the reusable menstrual cups can last for up to 10 years if properly taken care of, sometime the disposable menstrual cups are useful.

Disposable Disks

The Flex Cup

When it was first announced that the flex was going to be released I though it was going to be this cool new menstrual product but it looks just like the Instead Soft Cup that you used to be able to buy at the drug store. According to the Flex company website there is a small difference.

They offer a free 1 month trial and then it is $20 per month after that and they ship a new monthly supply of 8 flex disk each month for that $20 monthly fee.

I have a box of Instead Soft Cups that I use occasionally with my EVA Cup. My personal review of the soft cup is that it is good for lighter days. I will use one on the second to last day or last day of my period. It is comfortable, it is actually easier to put in and take out but I feel it is slightly messier and leaks a little when using the bathroom when not ready to be removed just yet. My box of 12 has actually lasted me over a year which is also why I don’t see the need to pay $20 a month for the Flex subscription.

There are also 2 disk options that are reusable the Intimina Ziggy Cup and the Nixit cup if the bell shape of the other reusable cups doesn’t work for you but you still want to use a reusable cup.

If you want to try it from amazon see the link below.

They also have their own version of a reusable menstrual cup. They claim that it has a unquie pull stem design. I have never used this design. If it works it may be good for those you struggle with getting their cup out but remember there is a learning curve with using a reusable menstrual cup.

Comparison between a reusable menstrual cup and a disposable menstrual cup

From the Flex Company FAQ

FLEX is a single use device and was created to be discarded after each use as a more convenient alternative. Reusable Menstrual cups are meant to be rinsed and reused for every cycle.

  •  Discs are soft and fully collapsable with a thin membrane center and flexible outer rim; reusable menstrual cups are firm and bell-shaped with a stem
  • Menstrual discs are worn in the vaginal fornix, at the base of the cervix; menstrual cups are worn in the vaginal canal
  • Discs have one method of insertion and removal; reusable menstrual cups may be folded and inserted in a variety of ways
  • Menstrual discs generally have a similar size and shape; menstrual cups come in a variety of shapes and size


 My personal observations are that the soft cup/ flex disk has an easier learning curve than a reusable cup but the disposable cups have a smaller capacity then reusable cups. I find both to be equally comfortable and depending on your needs one might be a better option than the other. As mentioned above there is now a reusable disk option. I also feel that if you are looking at it from a money saving and eco-friendly perspective that a reusable cup is the better option.
To read all about my first experience using a reusable menstrual cup click this link

Tasty Turmeric Tea and Benefits

Tasty Turmeric Tea


Not only is turmeric good for us but it is easy to make a quick but tasty turmeric tea. Let’s see how and why below.

What is turmeric?

A root that belongs to the ginger family with a peppery flavor

The benefits:

Contains iron, fiber, B6, potassium, vitamin C and magnesium

Helps the body to digest fats, reduces gas and bloating , coughing and congestion, eczema and psoriasis treatment.

It is a natural anti inflammatory,relieves joint pain, and reduces joint swelling.

Lowers cholesterol, relieves indigestion, clenses liver, prevents Alzheimer’s and may inhibit cancer cell growth.

Anti depressant

Pain reliever


How to make turmeric tea

Recipe one:

Boil water

Mix in 1ts to 1 TB depending on how much tea you are making

Strain tea

Mix in honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and coconut oil in blender

Drink hot or let cool and add ice

Recipe two:

After mixing boiling water and turmeric together, stain.

Add in honey, black pepper and lemon slices.

Drink hot or cold.


Other ways to use turmeric:

As teeth whitening

Treat Acne

Treat sprains

Treating him disease

When not to take turmeric:

Pregnant or breast feeding

If you have gallbladder problems, gerd, bleeding problems, surgery coming up.

Easy Natural Birth Control

Easy Natural Birth Control

What do I mean by easy natural birth control? I mean freedom from four things that most women deal with on a regular basis. Do you want the following?

No Pills filled with hormones

Not needing to take a pill every day

Not worrying if you forgot to take your pill

Bye to side effects

Yes! Natural hormone free birth control is for you then.

(Possibly… It’t not for everyone unfortunately. Please do your own research before starting any of the methods mentioned in this article. I am not a medical professional. This is based on my own research and my own experiences and everyone must be responsible for their own choices and the consequences)


Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal Birth control comes in various forms, from pills, patches and rings that contain estrogen and progestin. There are progestin only pills, IUD and shots.

How do these hormones prevent pregnancy?

The hormones prevent the eggs from being released from the ovaries, causes the cervical mucus thicken to prevent sperm from entering the uterus while thinning the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation.

The pill is 97% effective, the depo shot is 99% effective, Nuva ring is 99% effective. When used properly hormonal birth control is 99-100% effective but with typical or normal used it is 95% effective at preventing  pregnancy.  There are some things that make these methods less effective such as missing pills, certain other medications both prescribed and over the counter, products with charcoal and digestive disorders.

Some women have no issues with hormonal birth control, others deal with many side effects ranging from weight gain, high blood pressure and a change in emotions. Then there are those who simple do not want to put anything in their bodies that are not necessary. What ever your reason, natural birth control is an option that works.


Copper IUD

Barriers: sponge, cervical cap, diaphragm


Fertility Awareness Method or Natural Family Planning

What is Fertility Awareness Method or Natural Family Planning

Fertility Awareness method or natural family planning are the same thing. It is NOT the same as the rhythm method.

The Rhythm method assumes that every women has a 28 day cycle and that she always ovulates on day 14. This simply is not true. Each women has a slightly different cycle ranging from 26-35 days. This can change from month to month. One month she may have a 27 day cycle and the next it may be a 31 day cycle.

What does this means?

This means that she is not always ovulating on day 14 of her cycle, it could be day 13, or day 17.  Various things can affect when a women ovulates such as stress, sickness and travelling. If you are stress or travelling this may knock your normal cycle slightly off course meaning that even if you do normally ovulate on day 14, while travelling you might end up ovulating a few days later.

Why does this matter?

A women can only get pregnant when she is ovulating. But sperm can survive for 5 days, meaning that there are 6 days a women is considered fertile. The five days before she ovulates and the day she ovulates.

Is it effective:

If done perfectly FAM or NFP is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. There are apps such as Kindera and special thermometer devices that help make tracking your cycle much easier.

From the Daysy website and also applies to lady Comp, these devices has a pearl index that is comparable and in some cases better than other forms of birth control making this method of birth control just as, if not more effective than using hormones

Pearl Index of 0.7

With a Pearl-Index of 0.7, the fertility monitors of Valley Electronics are the leader in natural contraception and family planning.

The Pearl Index is used to report the effectiveness of a certain birth control method.

As an example: if 100 women use a particular birth control method for one year and one woman becomes pregnant, the Pearl Index of this method is 1.0. Birth control pills have a Pearl Index between 0.1 and 0.9, and IUDs range from 0.1 to 2.2.

for more information on the effectiveness

“Lady-Comp supports your natural family planning goals like no other. If you want to prevent pregnancy naturally without subjecting your body to artificial methods, or if you want to maximize your chances of becoming pregnant, the fertility computer is perfect for you. Lady-Comp is the intelligent fertility monitor — a next-generation computer that learns, analyzes and indicates ovulation with 99.3% accuracy, free of hormones and side-effects.”

  • One time purchase
  • Over 7 years life expectancy
  • Very durable

What I need a Thermometer?

You need a thermometer to take you temperature every morning upon waking up but before getting out of bed. It is quite simple. When the alarm goes off, you roll over, grab your thermometer and take your temperature.

Here is a basal thermometer to check out. This is for the person who will be charting their own data and analyzing it. There is a easier way explained farther down in this article if the idea of charting your own temperatures sound like to much.

Then what?

Write it down, or better yet use an app like Kindara to enter your morning resting temp.

How does it actually Work?

After a women ovulates her temperature rises, then when she starts her period her temperature drops until she ovulates again.

The principal behind FAM is that you are not fertile the first 5 days of your period. The first day of your period is day 1. So then day 1-5 you  will not get pregnant. From day 6 until three days after your temperature rises you are considered possibly fertile. So depending on your cycle this could be day 6-17, if you do ovulate on day 14. Then day 18- 28 or beyond, until you get your period, would be considered non fertile days or green days, that you can not get pregnant.

For more information on how charting of your cycle works check out

Free Charting app to make it easier

Kindara is an app that is very easy to use. Enter your temperature in the morning, make if you have your period, if you are checking your cervical fluid you can enter that data later and there is a nice chart that shows your temperature progression for that cycle so you can see when your temperature has risen and then when it has been 3 days since the temp rise. You may even be able to determine a day in advance when your period will start since your temperature drops when your period is close to starting. When my temperature drops I will get my period anywhere from that day to up to 24-30 hours after that. This is actually very nice since it one confirms I am not pregnant and two I know that it will be coming shortly and I can be prepared for it.

Devices that make it even easier

Some ladies like to chart their cycles with pen/pencil and paper, more probably prefer to use an app such as Kindara but what I found most useful is a little device called Lady Comp. There is another one called Daisy and Kindara has one that connects to their app called Wink. They all differ a bit. Lady Comp and Daysy will show you red, yellow or green lights that indicate where you are in your cycle whereas Wink is a thermometer that links to the Kindara app and creates a chart for each cycle that you will need to analyze yourself.

Lady Comp and Daysy

The benefit of the Lady Comp and the Daysy are that they not only take your temperature but they have software that gives you a red light, a yellow light or a red light. You don’t have to do the charting you just take your temperature every morning.

The indicator Lights

Red light: you will most likely get pregnant

Yellow light: it is possible to get pregnant or it needs more data to give an accurate prediction

Green Light: This is your all clear, no getting pregnant

Some may choose to just use one of these devices which are very reliable on their own up to 99% when used correctly but I personally prefer to use the lady Comp with the Kindara app. The Kndara app alone is wonderful but you must know the rules of fertility awareness method charting and determine yourself when you are red, yellow and green.

I like to use the lady comp to take my temperature each morning. It has an alarm that I set so I never forget and then after it takes my temperature it gives me a light. I then enter my temp for that day in the Kindara app and enter any other data such as if I have my period or if the color changed from red to green or vice versa. Then I can look at the chart on the app instead of doing one by hand and it is easy to see when my temperature changed.

This confirms for me that the lady comp is correct by seeing it on the chart. There is a section to enter information about your period, cervical fluid and when you had sex. This will all show up on the chart.  From their website you can print your charts and other information to share with your doctor such as the average length of your period and the length of your luteal phase.

This is just extra when using the Lady Comp or Daisy device but I like being able to see the chart.


Kindara- This is the one I use and and have very useful.

Natural Cycles- claims to be 99.5 % effective and certified for us as birth control


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Lady Comp Star- $445, payment plans are available from

or buy from Amazon

Pearly Lady Comp is the compact version of the regular Lady Comp and is slightly cheaper. This one was not available when I started but it seems like it would be good for travel since it is more compact. It is also available at

or on Amazon

This is the most expensive one I have seen but you can find used ones that have been reset on Ebay. I bought mine  on Ebay and a new thermometers can be bought from the

Lady Comp is the one I have done the most research on and at the time the Daysy did not have an app for Android. My used one has been serving me very well for over 4 years now and no issues, no pregnancy scares. I only had to replace the thermometer once because I accidentally pulled on the thermometer cord to hard and disconnected the thermometer cord and it would not take my temperature requiring it to be replaced.


Daysy- just under $300 and has a free app, using the red, yellow and green light system. The website looks very informative and seems to work on the same algorithm as the lady comp does so this would seem like a good option for less money. If and when my Lady Comp stops working this might be the one I get as a replacement since I don’t have the time to chart and analyze my own data.


Wink- links to Kindara’s app

As of 3/27/2020 “Winks are currently out of stock, but you can sign up at the bottom of this page for updates on Wink. The good news is, Kindara can be used with any BBT thermometer.”

To use Wink you must follow FAM guidelines. Wink only takes your temperature and links to their app. It does not give you lights to tell you if you are fertile or not. This means you will have to know how to read your own charts and be willing to ask for help if necessary.


Resources Online

For charting and understanding how to chart

The book that started it all and the website that goes along with it

Facebook Groups

Fertility Awareness Method of Birth Control

Fertility Awareness Charting Support

Warning: These Facebook groups can be intense. They are not fond of using apps except for Kindara and they do not like the devices that I mentioned. People will post their chart on the groups and ask for help reading them and understanding them This is great for those who really want to learn how to chart and check fertility signs as their form of natural birth control. They can definitely help you to grow your knowledge. This is not the group for you if you prefer the easy natural birth control method I spoke about with temping devices like Lady Comp and Daysy and are not interested in learning to chart manually.


Taking control of your Fertility

This is a must have book for anyone who is interested in Fertility awareness method. It does a wonderful job of explaining how a women’s cycle works, why hormonal birth control is not necessary, why a women can only get pregnant 6 days out of a cycle, how to chart for a regular cycle, charting for irregularities and other reproductive issues.

I very much suggest reading the book in full before starting to use one of the thermometer devices mentioned or starting to chart since this will give you a clear explanation of how your body and your menstrual cycle works making you feel more confident about using Fertility awareness method and explaining to others why this method is an effective method of birth control.

The Fifth Vital Sign– I have not read this book yet, but many on the Facebook groups have mentioned this book so it might be worth a read. There is also a charting workbook that is available to go with it.

The workbook



My husband and I have been successfully using the Lady Comp device for over four years now along with the knowledge I have gained and shared with him from the above book.

It is completely possible to stop using hormonal birth control and use start using easy natural birth control. It works, it isn’t that difficult, it is interesting to learn about your own body and people will think it’s fascinating that you don’t use hormonal birth control.



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