Q&A Where do I find Midwives and Doulas?

Doctors and students all over the globe send me emails all of the time asking for advice on technique, practice management, case management, and marketing.  I compiled some of the most universal and common questions and answers here on my blog, in the hopes to reach more people.

I hope you find this added information helpful and pertinent in your practice! 


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Hi Dr. Karen,

I have a question regarding childbirth educators and doulas.  I live in a large town for North Dakota, but as for midwifery and doulas, there’s not much information.  How do I find out who and where they are?  I’m assuming word of mouth – they’re not listed on MANA or anything.  Also, for childbirth educators through our local hospital, how do I approach them – or shouldn’t I??  Also, should I be sending anything to pediatricians with my focus being on family wellness???
Thanks so much for your time, Karen.  I truly appreciate and I really hope I have the opportunity to meet you someday!!
Dr. Tiffany
Hi Dr. Tiffany,
I really admire your enthusiasm!  You are going to be a huge success, I can tell.
As far as locating people in your area, try the internet.  Do a search for Midwives and doulas in your town and other’s nearby.  There is an association called DONA (Doulas of North America) look that up and see who is in your area.
Once you find some doulas ask them which midwives and OBs they like to work with.  They’ll have a good idea of who has a more natural approach and open to working with a chiropractor.  There’s a letter in the marketing manual that you can send out to introduce yourself, so use that to get the word out. 
As far as building a family practice, instead of asking a medically trained drug pushers (I mean pediatricians) ask your practice members.  If you are going to adjust pregnant women, they will have families in 9 months or less.  Instant doubling of your practice! Make sense?
However, if there is a really cool pediatrician in your area who is open to alternatives to drugs, by all means reach out. 

Keep up the great work!  I am really proud of you.  Be careful not to spread yourself too thin though, OK?

Love & Gratitude

Dr. Karen Gardner


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Dr. Karen, just wanted to say wow…I’ve learned so much and I’m only into the 2nd module. This is the stuff we need to know in everyday practice! I could listen to you all day long!        ~ Dr. Katie Gelesko Stull

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