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26 Sep 2014

Open Letter to DTI DOULAS

By The DTI team

Dear DTI Doulas,

This letter comes to you fueled with so much joy and excitement.  Seriously, we couldn’t be more proud of our DTI tribe.

Everyday we get emails telling us how wonderful DTI doulas are.  We know our program rocks but we can’t take ALL the credit.  YOU are the ones creating change, impacting the culture of birth, and making us proud.  In fact, we want to make sure you get to hear some of the praise we are receiving in DTI’s inbox.

Cindy Whitman-Bradley, President, Pro Bono Doula Services of Marin shares this with us:

 We are continually grateful to have DTI trained doulas as part of our volunteer program serving low-income families. Your doulas bring such sensitivity and thoughtfulness to their work, understand the deep connection they are making to birthing mothers, and come from a training that has provided them with resources to help one another and to offer to our larger group.

With great appreciation for all that you do, Cindy

We want to say thank you because we know that you are out there showing up for women and families in a fierce way! When you are celebrating with new families at a birth, we are with you.  When you are consciously present using the Slow Doula Method to get you through a tough moment, we are with you.  When you need encouragement and leadership, we are with you.  Please know that DTI stands with YOU always.

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Nothing makes us happier than knowing DTI is making a difference– not only in the way we train and certify doulas – but in witnessing the dedication to your families and to our field. Without each and every one of you putting such love and focus into your work, DTI would not be able to continue to redefine what it means to be a doula.

As we write this to you, DTI is preparing for our annual work retreat where all three of the DTI co-owners, Tara, Gina and Aimee, come together to talk about what is next for DTI.  We have a long agenda, with many items coming straight from all of your requests, so please know that you are heard.  We keep evolving because of you and we will keep you posted on the journey and what is next for DTI.

10527897_836247783060697_3094028060554416055_nThis year we are going to Austin, TX!   DTI collaborated with Birth Without Fear this year as a sponsor for their 2nd Annual BWF Conference. Will you be attending?  If so, please stop by our tables and check out some DTI designed t-shirts, bags, and other secret swag that we aren’t unveiling just yet ;).  Tara, Gina and Aimee will all be available to talk to mamas and doulas on October 25th and 26th live at the conference. We hope you will come and say hello.

Between October 22nd-24th, we will be planning out our next year and also hosting an “Ignite Doula” evening, exclusively for DTI doulas and a cocktail party for DTI doulas and friends.  Ignite Doula is our special way of bringing the fierce DTI spirit of connecting community through an hour long session unique to DTI.  Ignite Doula will leave all of us feeling inspired, connected and ready to make change one doula, one woman, one birth at a time.

We will keep you all up to date with our retreat on FB, Instagram, and twitter with pictures and updates as they happen.  We hope you’ll join us on social media from October 22nd -26th  and join in on the conversation.

XO, DTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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