3. Artwork is Attention-Grabbing, Tone-Changing and Revolutionary
Color draws peoples' attentions, and impacts tone and mood. And if I see a nice illustration that reminds me of myself or my sister or my friend — I'm probably going to take a closer, second look. And I might even share! And I might even read the little two-line description by the image, haha.
So much of the healthcare world comes across as stark and sterile: white walls, tiled floors, waiting rooms, and dreary brochures on a table. Although, even that's beginning to change, as some hospitals realize the power of color and plant-life and making these medical spaces more vibrant and welcoming.
I approach my design style by asking myself, "What kind of images on this topic would empower me? What might help me fight my anxiety as I learn about this experience I'm nervous about? What will make me smile? What feels realistic? Not sugar-coated?"
I pull a lot of my illustration work from styles I see out in the world everyday! And let me just tell you, I LOVE illustrating hair! Ah!
Moreover, there is so much politics to what kind of styles are appropriate, relevant, and beautiful today. Just the very act of showing someone can be a revolutionary statement, a declaration of existence, and an insistence that that existence is both beautiful, relevant and here to stay.
4. This is How I Doula and How I Want to Invest in More Doulas in My City
Let's be completely real. Just like there are many reasons it can be difficult to get education and support throughout pregnancy and birth as a pregnant and birthing person, there are many reasons it can be difficult to choose birth worker or doula as your job!
I feel so fortunate to be self-employed and have the flexibility to say, "Yes, I can be your doula at no cost," to many families I work with. And honestly, The Educated Birth has been a huge reason why I have been able to do that.
But I don't want The Educated Birth to just be about my own personal doula journey. Already, I've been working with a collective in my city called The Richmond Doula Project. Being able to offer my infographics to other new doulas, and get feedback from others here — you can't put a price on that experience.
BUT. REAL TALK. We've got to make money to open doors for all of our doulas to take time off of other jobs or to pay for childcare.
So this is the part where I am ready to say, I want to keep this ball rolling! I've been so amazing and excited by the amount of sharing that has happened so far just via word-of-mouth, FB groups, and Instagram.
If you can share with your circles, please share! If you have a blog, let's chat about connecting! If you're a part of an organization that could benefit from having some The Educated Birth stuff around, yesssss, let's get on the phone! If you have any other thoughts or ideas, let's connect on those too!