I first discovered the Oxytocin Emporium when I received some of their fun birth worker stickers as a gift. This popular Etsy shop is run by Ashton, a birthworker of many talents from Brevard County Florida. Read on to learn more about Ashton and the products she offers:
Tell me about you. You could include how you got started in doula work:
I am a mother of 2 boys, Jude & Finnley and married to my husband of 10 years, Keith. I found my way into birthwork through my first pregnancy. After traveling an hour away to find childbirth education classes, I decided I would like to provide that service in my area. I’ve been teaching childbirth education for 8 years and have expanded my services to birth and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulation & mother blessings. I now work with 5 other doulas in my area and together we serve all of Brevard County
Tell me about your business: how you started making products for doulas, how long you’ve been in the market, etc.
I bought The Oxytocin Emporium from a doula friend in 2018. She had started a photography business that was taking off and was planning to close it altogether. I decided to purchase the business from her and have since added new products and have grown the shop to what it is today.
What is your most popular product? What do customers like about it?
My 2 most popular items are the watercolor affirmation banners and birth ball covers. The banners are a beautiful watercolor rainbow design with positive, empowering affirmations. The birth ball covers are an amazing tool for childbirth educators and doulas. They’re soft, washable and convenient when trying to transport a birth or peanut ball.
What product in your catalog do you think is underappreciated?
I think the temporary tattoos. They are such a cool, unique gift for clients or birthworkers. They are a simple way of bringing another affirmation into the birth space with very little prep time. 😉
What advice do you have for a new doula and/or for doulas who want to revitalize their business?
Tap into your community. Meet other doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, anyone you might network with to serve your community. When you build a relationship, you build referrals, confidence and reputation. It’s so important to have people you can refer clients to when things are outside of our scope, so building these relationships early in your career is essential.