What exactly is The Style Doula?
Before we discuss a style doula, let’s go into some detail about that. The word doula itself has some different meanings and connotations depending on who you is speaking.
First let’s start with the past. The word doula is greek meaning female servant. All other thoughts, meanings and connotations have been built on this.
Modern Day Doula Definition
The term doula is usually meant to discuss a helper for childbirth. A doula provides educational, physical, and emotional support during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum time. The postpartum time is from the time the baby is born until 6 weeks to a year after depending on what definition you read. A birth doula is NOT a health care provider. Clients still work with a doctor or midwife as their care provider.
Depending on the doula, some offer other services as well. Some doulas have certain thoughts and ideas surrounding the way birth should be and prefer to work with clients that want natural birth. Others offer a wider range of support no matter what the birthing person wants. Many other doulas work with clients in the hospital wanting various types of birth experiences from medication free to planned medication to surgical birth.
Modern Day Doula Comparisons
The birth doula could be compared to a sherpa who is an expert at navigating terrain that you have not experienced. They know where to go, how to make it to the next level of the hike. Where to get water and food. How to handle the unexpected events or experiences that may happen along the way. It could also be compared to a great caddy in golf. A wonderful caddy knows what the golfer needs before even asking. Helps assess the conditions to proceed to the the best possible outcome.
As a birth doula for a decade, I found that a “doula” would be a wonderful addition to lots of life events, not just birth. I love the aspect of offering support and guidance to clients. I enjoy assisting my client to navigate new life events or unusual situations. I help clients see themselves as and strong and capable in new and different experiences. Guiding them to where they want to be and offer a wealth of information and hands on support to help them get there.
About a year ago, my doula organization, challenged us to write a blog about what non birth experience they would like to have a “doula”. Many people wrote about things like divorce, moving, or for dental visits.I wrote about shopping!
I kept coming back to these concepts. The Style Doula was born!
I work with clients who may be returning to work after staying home as a full time parent for several years, who want some wardrobe assistance for interviews and the office. I also help clients who are still parents of small children at home, but are tired of “the mom look” and want to have an easy yet functional and stylish wardrobe. Sometimes clients have experienced a change in their body and want to look and feel beautiful again. Sometimes 50-100 pounds can “suddenly” appear or disappear and clients need to find someone to offer gentle guidance and assistance with loving themselves in the body they are in and tips to accentuate the areas they choose to accentuate.
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The style doula can:
- Help you birth your style.
- Offer support and guidance in finding your perfect style.
- Assist in the process of finding both new outfits from your closet and offer suggestions on additional items to purchase to complete looks and stretch your wardrobe.
- Push yourself out of your style comfort zone.
- Assist you with self care tips.
- Listen and offer suggestions personalized to you and your needs.
- Support your style your way without passing judgement.
How does Park Lane Jewelry fit into The Style Doula?
I found Park Lane Jewelry in 2006. The various styles and the customer specials were amazing. I decided that I wanted to represent the company. As I became a birth doula, I didn’t have time to do jewelry style sessions any longer. Then, in 2016, when I decided to birth The Style Doula, I decided to visit Park Lane Jewelry again and was pleasantly surprised by the new styles and offerings!
Park Lane offers an amazing variety of designer inspired necklaces, earrings, and bracelets for all styles and budgets. With the customer sales and host specials, you’ll be able to completely update your jewelry wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Park Lane Personal Styling Appointments
The Style Doula offers personal styling appointments to assist clients with updating their wardrobe by adding Park Lane Jewelry to the clothing you already own. Personal styling appointments are held in your home if you are local to the Chicagoland area or via ZOOM conference call if you are not. You’ll be able to try on various jewelry items with the clothing you have in your closet to stretch and update your wardrobe. During a personal styling appointment, we will help choose jewelry for anything from that special occasion dress or your jeans and tee shirts. We can help you pull together a complete wardrobe for work or play for the season and give you accessory tips.
You can also choose to have a group style session. ou gather either a few of your closer friends or a slightly larger group of friends, family, neighbors or co-workers to be able to try on new styles together while spending time with friends.