Help to Balance Doula Work and Family

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Being able to organize your thoughts, ideas, and environment is key to providing excellent care as a doula. Our main course in our doula training is arranged around this concept of organization and assessment for this reason. Sometimes, though, it is our own crazy, busy lives that interfere with the quality of care we can provide. Children, work, friends, family and any other number of responsibilities can crowd our lives and create a feeling of imbalance. While I can’t solve the whole problem, something that has helped me balance doula work and family is using google calendars.

How to Create a Google Calendar

Calendar to Balance doula work and familyCreate or login to an existing google account.

Create a calendar for each area in your life that needs to be scheduled. For my sample calendar, I used due dates of clients, family, work, education, tasks.

  1. Click on the down arrow by My Calendar in the right column.
  2. Click create new calendar.
  3. Type in the name, and click create calendar.
  4. Make one for each area of your life that you want to keep track of.

Begin filling in appointments by clicking on the create button at the top. Fill in the information, and make sure you fill in the right calendar name(i.e. due dates of clients, family, work, education, tasks).

In order to make a task list, go through the same process as you would for appointments. Instead of adding a specific time, fill in the all day button. This will create a bar on your calendar that just stays at the top. When you finish the task, just delete the bar by clicking on it and pressing delete.

That’s it. It’s a pretty simple process that adds a little bit of organization to your day and helps you balance doula work and family.

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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