Your mindset can take you so many place and it can also keep you from going anywhere. When you are getting into the nitty gritty of your birth-preneur business, sometimes you need to be reminded of what motivates you. I would like to share a bit about what keeps me going every day.
I recently had a conversation with someone about my journey to where I am today. They said, "Wow, what was it that kept you going through all of that?" The first answer that came out of my mouth was about my family. On my drive back home I sat and really thought about my answer. It wasn't the truth. Well it wasn't the whole truth. What is truly behind my motivation has evolved over the years. Just like my life has evolved.
My motivation for my business became about adding income to my family along side of helping women. After I finished my degree in business, I realized how little my doula training taught to help me make my business successful. I sought after every opportunity to educate families about their options, their choices and now lend a hand to other doulas in the area about the business side of birth work. I thought of the other birth workers in my community as a sister-hood and we all embraced it as such. Right down to the OB Midwife married couple who opened a birth center right across the street from the hospital. I watched a presentation they did about going to Hati and helping teach midwifery to the women in rural vilages so they could help save lives in their community. I thought, Wow I want to have a business that would some day allow me to give back like that and make a bigger impact around the world. It motivated me.
Through the years I took training after training to gain as much birth knowledge and skills as I could. Unfortunately, with training after training I saw such large holes in what was being taught. How were other birth workers supposed to support other women in need if they were not taught how to support themselves as well? I took this as an addition to my motivation. I was motivated to help other birth workers like me so they in turn could help more women and be successful themselves. Not just a helpful tip here and there to my fellow birth workers, but on a large scale to reach birth workers all over the world.
So the creation of Birthing a Business Education Services began. At first we mostly did local workshops, but we took things online and have begun to offer our workshops, trainings, and certifications online for both birth and business.
I spend hours every week coming up with new ways to build a community around making birth work more sustainable. Not in the pushy money grubbing way, but in a way that sparks a movement and a sister hood around it. Today BABES is ever growing and seeks to help birth-preneurs start, launch, and grow successful birth businesses with less stress, more freedom, and bigger impact.
So the question was, "What Motivates Me?"
Well big one of them is YOU! The birth workers out there striving to do what they are passionate about. The other is my amazing family whom I strive to make a better life for everyday. And my third piece of motivation is the drive to make a bigger impact in the world. My desire to make a difference in the dysfunctional maternity system and give back to my community.
And just to add to the mix we welcomed baby GIRL number four into the world. So we will have to see what bigger motivation and inspiration she will bring into the world.
So now I put the question back to you. What is it that motivates you? What are the driving forces that keep you going in your birth business every day even when things are hard? Let us know in the comments below. Or come join our Facebook community .
About the Author
As a seasoned birth worker and business major I wanted to take my two passions and combine them into one. Over the last seven years I continue to push myself to learn more and give more to those around me.