I contacted Julie and Michelle of Plumtree Baby when I saw a facebook blip about childbirth educational materials. Any doula or childbirth educator can attest that one of the most arduous parts of starting and maintaining a CB business is keeping up-to-date, educational, and relevant handouts and information for clients.
Most doulas will cover nutrition, exercise, comfort measures, the event of labor and birth, options during that time, and postpartum. This can mean weeks and weeks of compiling resources and designing handouts and worksheets for client use. In their own words, Julie and Michelle share their inspiration:
We were inspired to create Plumtree Baby, LLC after many combined years of feeling frustrated by the lack of relevant and professional materials and resources available to us and our students/clients. We realized that we had spent hundreds of hours creating our own resources or piecing together materials from many different sources and that many other birth professionals were doing the same. This waste of time and energy, as well as the lack of a professional feel in most resources, lead us to dream about our ideal childbirth education products.
We realized that we could save ourselves and other birth professionals so much time, money and frustration by offering customizable, interactive, professional products for many of the topics that are of interest to expectant parents. Childbirth professionals could then pick and choose the most relevant products and use their time and energy in more productive ways.Needless to say, their Facebook blip piqued my interest and I wanted to know more. Julie and Michelle sent me an Educator Set (+ Natural Childbirth Module) for review, and a second Educator Set to giveaway to one lucky reader (little happy dance).
Plumtree Baby was created by Michelle Kettleborough, CLD (CAPPA) and Julie Olson LCCE CD (DONA) in an effort to provide resources and lend support to those who work in the birth profession, particularly childbirth educators, doulas and medical professionals.
Plumtree Baby provides childbirth professionals with educational and marketing materials to help them attract clients, save time and money, and to build profitable businesses.
In order to do this, they have created customizable, up-to-date, comprehensive educational resources and tools, including modules for topics related to pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period, visual aids for the classroom or office setting and interactive resources to stimulate learning.
I loved the modules. I felt they were a great spring board for conversation, personal interaction, and customizable prenatal education. I felt the information offered was presented in a non-biased, open-ended manner, allowing for my clients and I to discuss personal preferences, prescribe further research and reading, and deviate as needed to ensure complete understanding and informed choice/refusal.
The modules are presented in full-page three-ring punched booklets. This allows for easy assembly and presentation to clients in a three ring binder, while also allowing for me to include my own additional information and worksheets, if needed.
The books are full-color, with lots of photographs and some worksheets and questionnaires to help families work through their personal preferences regarding the information being shared.
I loved the layout, the ease of use, and the versatility of the PlumTree Baby modules and will definitely be spreading the word about these products.
My favorite modules would have to be Finding Comfort and Natural Childbirth. My second-favorite modules would have to be Prenatal Wellness and Following the Birth. By the way, if you are interested in getting a preview of the modules before you commit to purchasing them, they offer that as well!
Additionally, Plumtree Baby has free downloadable/printable resources for birth professionals to be able to tailor for their individual clients needs, an E-Resource called Engaging Parents, which allows professionals to evaluate their teaching style, and a not-yet-released Childbirth Curriculum, a complete and comprehensive course for those interested in teaching the whole gamut of information.
I am so happy to be able to offer an Educator Set to one lucky winner! But, just like every giveaway, there are rules for entering. This giveaway is intended for those in the continental U.S. only (sorry my international readers).
EACH ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A SEPARATE COMMENT. Otherwise, you will only get credit for the one comment that you supply. You must do #1 for your initial entry, then feel free to do whichever/however many additional entries as you wish beyond the first.
- Go to PlumTree Baby on Facebook, like them, and thank them on their wall for donating for Bellies and Babies Giveaway. Then go to their website, check out their products, and come back here and comment, letting me know what module you are most interested in for your first entry.
- Go to Sage Beginnings Doula Services, like me, and come back here/comment letting me know you did.
- Blog or Facebook about this giveaway, tagging/linking both Plumtree Baby and Sage Beginnings, with a link back to this giveaway. Then come back here/comment letting me know you did with a link to it.
- Follow Bellies and Babies, then comment, letting me know you are a follower (stalker!).
A winner will be drawn on Sept 15th and the winner will be announced that weekend. The winner will have until Sept 21st to contact me, otherwise I will choose a second winner. Good luck!
*Disclaimer: Plumtree Baby provided this product for my review/giveaway at no cost.