Speed Dating to Find the Right Doula and Logging On to Find the Right Kid Stuff
Meeting the needs of today's generation of parents means coming up with innovative solutions that recognize that time is always in short supply and technology rules.
Up until now, finding the right doula has required a lot of research and even more good luck. But, thanks to the brainchild of Toronto doula Amanda Spakowski, moms-to-be and their partners are now able to make contact with a large number of doulas by attending a single event -- DoulaSpeedDating.™
DoulaSpeedDating is modeled after other types of speed-dating events -- where making a large number of connections in a minimum amount of time is the name of the game. Parents make their way around the room, spending about ten minutes with each doula, gathering information about the doula's fees, standards of practice, skills, and experience while gaining a sense of how well they would be able to work with this particular doula. "You have a pretty good idea within 10 minutes if you have a connection with that person," Spakowski explains.
Doulas who wish to participate in DoulaSpeedDating are carefully pre-screened by Spakowski. To be eligible, a doula must be certified through a recognized doula training programme.
DoulaSpeedDating events are being offered in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver. Spakowski plans to organize events in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Halifax in future as well, thanks to positive feedback from parents.
Parents have always swapped kids stuff. And why not? It's a great way to recycle items your kids no longer need while acquiring stuff your kids do need in return. And now swapping has headed online. One of the most popular Canadian swap sites is SwapSity.ca - a site which features a variety of goods and services and which doesn't charge and transaction fees on trades. The site also organizes face-to-face swap meetups, which are as much about having fun as they are about trading kid gear. Talk about a win-win.