Conquering Stress and Burnout for Birth Workers

I was so excited to get this book in my hands! I was even more excited when Micky gave me a copy for me to give away on my blog! Keep reading to find out how you can win!

5 Stars

Keep the Fires BurningKeep the Fires Burning by Micky Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a MUST READ for any of my MBP friends (Mother-Baby Professionals)

I love how Micky gives really useful and easy to apply tools to help MPB’s deal with stress and help prevent burnout. I admit there are times in my “career” where I have felt burnt out, where I want to throw in the towel and just walk away. But I feel called to this “job” and I love it in so many ways.

I have worked hard trying to find a balance that worked. Micky’s book has given me more ideas to reduce my stress. I am sure as I apply them, I will be able to enjoy my work even more.

The book is easy to read and has so many easy to apply ideas, that you will find quite a few to use in your life!  It will help make you a better MPB and more importantly a more balanced and happier person!

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53 thoughts on “Conquering Stress and Burnout for Birth Workers”

  1. Girl. Your give-away could not come at a better time for me! I have been so wanting to read this book to help identify ongoing ways to keep myself strong and healthy while doing this important work. I’ve been doula-ing for 5 years now and can certainly understand why so many doulas aren’t able to make this a long-term career. I also own a doula group and want to know more about how to nurture and support the other doulas work with me. We need ways to “Keep the Fires Burning”!

  2. I’d love a copy of this book. I see myself as a birth worker sometime in my future, and I’m sure I’ll be needing something to keep me going when things get rough!

  3. I would love to win this book so i can learn stress-relief ideas that I can apply after long births!
    I also Like you on FB!

  4. As a “seasoned doula” for over 16 years, sometimes the effects of a long labor, or a labor that didn’t go as well as the mom hoped, combined w/attitudes on birth at hospitals, leaves me feeling wiped out. It is hard to fight the negativity sometimes in the medical model, and it’s nice to know there is a book that I can use as my own “birth bible” of sorts. Something I would truly read& take to heart!

  5. Hey Sheridan-

    I would love to win/read this book. I already followed you from my personal FB page but I just “liked” you from my business page:

    I posted a link on my FB business page:

    I follow you on Twitter.

    I retweeted this give away.

    And I posted a blog entry here:

    Thanks for doing this! I plan on reading it someday regardless of whether I win or not 🙂

  6. I would love to have some advice on how to keep from getting burnt out as a Birth Worker. I have only been doing it for a couple of years and would love to stay ahead of the burn out.

  7. Nicole Kosineski

    I would love to read this book. I had a good go at being a Birth Doula for several years, but after one too many heartbreak births and other complications, I have not attended a birth in over a year. I would love to see if this book many offer some answers and guidance to burn out questions I have and maybe get me back “in the game”. Oh, and liked your facebook page. Thank you.

  8. I would love a copy of this book! I am a doula and student midwife, this book would be wonderful to have 🙂

  9. I have been at this for near 25 years. I’ve watched two superior midwives plea out to horrendous charges they never committed, and government shenanigans. I’ve seen women in the birth community with differing approaches try harder to take each other down than to advance birth.
    I’ve heard so many horror stories–too many where women had other ways out but wouldn’t/couldn’t take them.
    I’ve been burnt out many times.
    I am now heading for graduate school in Health Care Advocacy (followed by a doctorate in women’s history) where i’ll be living off other people’s couches (maybe I’ll blog bout it). I’d love to have this book and see what is suggested, and this will be my only chance–money apart from school and living doesn’t exists. I’ve yet to find a way to get paid to piss off assumed authorities 🙂

  10. I would love this book. It is always great to learn more about balncing doula work and life. I have liked your facebook page as well.

  11. Hi Sheridan! I liked you on FB, blogged about the give-away ( and posted about it on FB.
    I’d love to win this book because I think one of the toughest things about motherhood for me has been balancing my child and my work, I know that Mickey is a very busy lady and would love to know how she does it all, so I can bring more balance into my life!
    Thanks Mama!

  12. I would LOVE a copy! I’ve been a MBP since ’98 but the last three or so years I have really struggled with burn out. I <3 my clients and their sweet sweet babies. And, if I do say so myself, I'm damn good at it. I know my stuff;) I am grateful for the knowledge and skill I have to help a mom with a previous 4th degree tear or episiotomy to gentley birth her baby without so much as a skidmark, or help a new mom breastfeed her babe for the very first time. The list could go one. The joyous moments are plenty but do they balance out the long days and nights away from my own deserving family, the nights I lay awake worrying about someone whose been tetering on the edge of preeclampsia, the heartbreak of a transport then c-section and let's not forget all the super fun politics or the clients who don't pay or are disappointed we didn't GIVE them the perfect experience regardless of what they have done for themselves and then badmouth you publicly.
    Right now, I'm struggling so much physically and emotionally that I'm deeply considering leaving the field forever. As MBPs, while generally loving and compassionate, we are often very competitive and hard on one another. Thus, I am rarely comfortable sharing with my "sisters", as I would feel judged. I look forward to reading "Keep the Fires Burning", this book has the potential to be transformational for many. Thanks to Mickey for writing this. To those who are also struggling, be gentle with yourself. Service starts at home.

  13. i would like a copy of your book because i am a new doula. getting certified through DONA. i attended my first birth as primary doula last week and it was long and a bit exhausting. i would like am looking for inspiration and ideas on how to make this work!

    i liked your FB page

    i have emailed info about the giveaway to two email groups of birth professionals.

  14. Balancing this kind of work with family life is quite a challenge, I’m finding. I’d love to read some ideas for keeping it less stressful.

  15. Dear Sheridan,

    Have posted on your FB page “Enjoy Birth” and would really like to win your & Micky’s book. We are passionate about Natural Birthing and have set up a centre in Bombay,India;we are eager to connect with like minded folks.

    Pravin Simons

  16. I want this book! I attended Micky’s “Avoiding Burnout” session at the ICAN Conference and have been so excited to read her book.

  17. I would love to win because Micky gives such wonderful advice and I would love to have it all in a book!


    I tweeted this, “liked” your page and added you to my RSS feed!

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