Birthing Dreams

Doula?  What’s a doula?  Is it a musical instrument?  Or maybe it’s the name of a new European rock band.  Actually, the word doula comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “ a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth. 

Christine Helmer, a doula since 2008, had been teaching child birth classes from her home.  Her business was growing, and she felt she needed to have a separate place of business.  She prepared a business plan, and began seeking financing in early 2011.  In April 2011, she was approved for a loan from her bank that was guaranteed by the State of California’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. 

Her new business location not only gave her a business site to conduct classes, but she was also able to open a small consignment clothing store as well.  She has enjoyed much success and has expanded her business to the adjoining space next door.  She is currently looking at a further expansion to another adjoining space. 

 

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