March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. We at Birth and Beyond would like to celebrate two women who have been incredibly influential to thousands of women worldwide: Randy Patterson and Debbie Aglietti.
Randy and Debbie own Northeast Doulas, a full service agency serving the Peekskill, NY area. They started a diaper drive to help families in need. The diaper drive has turned into events to assist families all over the country. In addition to providing services and diapers to families, Randy and Debbie have been instrumental in elevating the doula profession through their certifying body, ProDoula.
In creating ProDoula, they have revolutionized the way doulas are trained. They created a consistent curriculum for labor, postpartum, business training, placenta, and childbirth education. They teach non-judgmental support, relationship building, and most important, how to run a successful business.
Since being introduced to ProDoula around a year ago, my life has changed dramatically. My business practices have improved and my client base has grown exponentially. I am more confident in my personal and professional life. I have seen the example Randy and Debbie have set and try to make them proud every day. All of this, without ever meeting either of these ladies in person! This is just from attending trainings from their representatives and interacting with them and other members of the ProDoula family online. These women have greatly improved my business, my outlook, and my role in taking care of my family.
These “strangers” feel like a part of my family. I know that if I ever needed advice, either one of them would chat to me on the phone and assist me to the best of their ability. To feel that level of support, and to know that I have a whole team in my corner (the whole ProDoula family), makes me feel unstoppable. These ladies challenge me every day to be better and to never stop growing. Randy and Debbie are constantly asking us the hard questions and calling us out on our bullshit. That may sound harsh to some, but it is out of love. Randy and Debbie honestly want each person in the ProDoula family to be the best they can be. They empower and inspire me.
So to Randy and Debbie, and all of the people whose lives they’ve touched, directly or indirectly, Happy International Women’s Day! I hope you all share love and support to all of the amazing women around you today. Thank you for being such an awesome part of my life and success.