Adriana Lozada is creating weekly podcasts
24

patrons

$116
per month
Hey mighty mamas, and birth pros, and all the people who love what I do:

Doing the podcast week after week is incredibly rewarding... and also a ton of work!

You've let me know loud and clear how the podcast is making a difference in your pregnancy/birth/postpartum journey or in your work as a doula!YAY!! And I want to continue to do it! I want to keep on supporting YOU by providing solid information from the most awesome birth professionals out there.

So I’m going to do the PBS-thing and ask for your support.

I’ll let you in on a secret:
It's become clear that this important resource requires more time and effort than I initially budgeted. In its current form the podcast simply isn't sustainable– but together we can change that!

While my favorite part of the podcast is sharing awesome knowledge and conversation with cutting edge birth researchers, there's A LOT more that goes into producing a podcast. Between connecting with guests, arranging interviews, researching the topic, preparing questions, recording the show, editing it all together, gathering resources and links, writing show notes, uploading the episode, creating graphics, posting on the website, and blasting it all on social media, I don't really have the resources to reach out and convince advertisers that this is support-worthy endeavor.

But I know I don't have to convince you! YOU know the shows are invaluable! They save you time and money, and they are convenient. You don’t have to read through tons of books or sign up for a class that may not work with your schedule. Nope, here you get to listen whenever and wherever you want, even while multitasking, with the assurance that you are getting fantastic information you can trust.

In the last 4 weeks the show has gotten over 8800 16,200 20,100 27,000 downloads, and it keeps growing week after week, as more people find out about it, and start gobbling up past episodes.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “if every one of you gave one dollar…” and it’s so true!

(Just to give you an idea, I approximate that each show costs between $300 - $350 to produce.)

So why through Patreon?

Because it will keep us closer:
Patreon has a members feed. Yup. That is a way that you can connect with me and the Birthful community, in a smaller space and more significantly than say in Facebook or Twitter. You can give me specific feedback on what you want me to do next on the podcast, or outside of it. I can poll you for feedback. I will give you first access to any free printables or videos that I create. You can post your musings and recommend resources. Knowing you're a vested partner in the mission of The Birthful Podcast will strengthen the communication between us. And I want that!

Because we shouldn’t need a middle man:
Convincing advertisers that they should place ads on the podcast is a time-consuming challenge. Aside from say, the fabulous people of MailChimp, SquareSpace, Audible, and NatureBox, who’ve created a system to work with podcasters, most companies don’t have the time or the inclination to figure it out. Plus I *LOVE* connecting with you. How awesome to say that “this episode is brought to you by (insert your name here)” instead of a company’s name. As a listener, the first one makes me feel warm inside, the second makes me feel like I have to buy something. I’d rather you feel warm inside.

Because you’ll keep me accountable:
Aside from growing the show, I’ve been dreaming of doing webinars and online classes for years. But something is always more urgent, and easier to do. And so days become weeks, become months, and so on. I need that to change. YOU need that to change… after all, pregnancy has an end date and babies grow fast!!

Because you can support me at the level that is right for you:
Patreon allows creators to set tiered reward levels, so that patrons can pledge what works within their budget. To be sure, ANY and ALL pledges make a difference, but by having tiered options, Patreon allows me to give you additional rewards depending on your pledge level. Here’s a quick run-down of the levels I’ve set up (for full details and guidelines, check out the column to your right):
• $1/mo. pledge gets you access to the Patreon Private Feed.
• $3/mo. pledge gets you the previous reward, plus early access to that week’s episode.
• $5/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus one episode brought to everyone by YOU (named on the show, and your name and link in the show notes).
• $10/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus participation in a monthly, Q&A style, online group-chat with me.
• $25/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus your own “Happy Uterus” pin.
• $50/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, except that in this case you’ll be a named sponsor of one episode PER MONTH (named on the show, and your name and link in the show notes). You’ll also get to choose one episode topic.
• $100/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus my “Life with a Newborn” online class as soon as it’s released, plus a 30-min, one-on-one chat, right away.
• $150/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus you get a monthly, one hour, one-on-one talk with me, about the pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/newborn topic of your choice, or if you are a doula, I’ll mentor you for an hour a month.

There's more!
As soon as we reach the $300/mo. goal, ALL patrons get their names in the "Hall of Fame" and the Birthful website’s Hardcore Supporters' page.
When we reach $500/month, you’ll all get a patron-exclusive printable .pdf of my doula “mental checklist”, that I go through every time I’m at a birth. There will also be a video.


What would your money go towards?

The weekly podcast, chock-full of useful information, will always be free. Your contribution would allow me to continue to bring you (and all the mighty mamas out there) this much-needed and valuable resource. I also have big dreams of creating the following:

• More short (and free!) videos like my “why it’s so hard to take a shower with a newborn

• Q&A webinars on anything from preparing from birth to figuring out baby sleep

• Tweaking the website so that it’s easier to see and search through all the episodes

• Taking my postpartum preparation classes on “the online-road”, so many more of you can take advantage of this knowledge and actually enjoy the first weeks with your newborn (not just the peeps that live close by in Rochester, NY)

• Childbirth education classes, that focus on making labor shorter, less intense, and a great experience (and who doesn’t want that!)

• A Spanish version of the podcast so mighty mamas throughout Latin America -where the cesarean rate is often 60-90% (!!!)- can better inform their choices and intuition.

• Advanced doula trainings to share what I’ve learned in 9+ years, with an emphasis on how to best support the birthing family and setting up a solid doula business. More doulas equals more families being supported in a better way.

• And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

This is an experiment! But it’s working for others*, and if it works for us, it would be incredibly LIBERATING! This is a new and exciting frontier of figuring out how to make life work.

As we grow and reach target goals, I will be able to create more valuable things for you. And you’ll get to tell me what those things should be. Win-win!

So PLEASE, join me on my expanding journey to help you, by becoming one of my patrons. And if you’re not that altruistic, then maybe think of it as buying me a cup of coffee as thanks for all that I may have (and continue) to give you though the weekly show. :)

The beauty of Patreon is that even though you are making a monthly pledge, you can stop at any time. You can upgrade or downgrade from one level to another. It’s really flexible. Every donation, from $1/month up, truly helps.

No matter what level you’re backing me at, THANK YOU! Thank YOU, mighty mama. Thank YOU, birth pro. Thank YOU, lover of what I do.

Let’s do this!

Much love,
Adriana


(Editing a podcast file, at "the studio").

*Others like For Crying Out Loud, or Magic the Amateuring, who create podcasts and receive pledges either monthly, or per show. And it’s not just podcasts, there are all kinds of creators and artists figuring out how to make a living through the support of their village. This allows them to keep on doing what they do, and keep it free to the public. Of course the ultimate creator, and adventurer into the 'art of asking' is the amazing Amanda Palmer.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
7 patrons
Access to the Patreon Private Activity Feed:
You are helping to keep me on the air, and for that I thank you.
At this level, you’ll get access to the Patreon private activity feed!
Here we’ll get to interact privately. You’ll get to post your musings, I’ll get to post my musings, and tell you about what’s in the works for the show. It will also let you have very direct input about what goes into it. Whenever I create any free printables or videos, I’ll post them here first.
Pledge $3 or more per month
6 patrons
1 Day Early Access:
Three is the magic number! So thank you x 3!!!
At this level you’ll get to live in the future by receiving 1-day early access to each episode. Instead of Wednesdays, you’ll get it on Tuesdays. This reward is at the equivalent level of buying me a virtual coffee (or tea, which is what I drink). So salud!
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
Pledge $5 or more per month
9 patrons
Sponsor One Episode:
I’m so grateful, I’ll thank you on the air!
At this level, one Birthful episode will be brought to everyone by YOU. I’ll say so on the intro! You will also be named as a sponsor on that episode show notes, with a link to your own website, or social media site, if you like.
(Note - this shout-out reward is for individuals or those who run a one-person company. If you want your larger company to sponsor the show, check out the $50 reward. Thank you!)
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
Monthly Online Chat:
You are supporting me a lot, and I want to thank you directly to your virtual face.
At this level you’re invited to a 30-min, monthly online hangout group-chat, Q&A style, hosted by me. As you may imagine, I will be drinking tea. Or sometimes wine. You can drink what you’d like. We’ll have fun. There may even be guests.
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• One episode brought to everyone by you
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
Your Happy Uterus Pin!
Wow. You are showing me some serious love here. My happy uterus is jumping for joy, and I think you should have one of your own.
At this level, you get all the stuff mentioned above, plus your own “Happy Uterus” pin! Below is a picture to remind you of what that looks like. If I meet you, our happy uteri can salute each other.
(Shipping included in the US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• One episode brought to everyone by you
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style

Pledge $50 or more per month
1 patron
Sponsor an Episode Each Month:
I’m so grateful for your huge support that I want to thank you, and thank you often.
One Birthful episode PER MONTH will be brought to everyone by YOU (for as long as you remain at this pledge level). I’ll say so on the intro! And you’ll also be named as a sponsor on EVERY episode’s show notes (with your link). You’ll also get to choose a topic for an episode, as long as it fits the guidelines of the show and is relevant to listeners. For example, preeclampsia: yes, cross-stitching: no (we’ll email back and forth, and figure it out).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style
• Happy Uterus pin**

(**Shipping included within the continental US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Life With a Newborn Online Class:
I’m feeling so much love, I’m starting to blush. This is crazy! THANK YOU!!
At this level, you get my life with a newborn online class - due to come out in the winter of 2016. Plus we’ll do a private 30-min, one-on-one online chat before that, so that you can start getting answers. To receive this reward, you need to be at this level for at least 3 months (or do a one time payment that gets you to a donation history of $300).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• One episode/month brought to everyone by you
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style
• Happy Uterus pin**
• You get to pick an episode topic (that fits the guidelines)

(**Shipping included within the continental US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Pledge $150 or more per month
1 of 4 patrons
One-on-One Talk with Me:
Holy sh*t. You are beyond amazing and I can’t believe you are supporting what I do in such an enormous way!
For this, you get a monthly, one hour, one-on-one talk with me, to talk about the pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/newborn topic of your choice. Or if you are a doula, I’ll mentor you for an hour a month! We can talk about any aspect of your doula business, whether it’s getting clients, pre-natals, how to best help clients… you name it! It will be like your own private, one-on-one advanced doula training. (This we’ll do via Skype, unless you are in the Rochester area - then we can meet face to face).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
One episode/month brought to everyone by you
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style
• Happy Uterus pin**
• You get to pick an episode topic (that fits the guidelines)

(**Shipping included within the continental US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Goals
$116 of $300 per month
After 10 years as a doula, I've developed a mental checklist that I quickly go over every time I'm at a birth. When we reach this goal, I will celebrate by doing a goofy dance, and creating a video (without the dance) where I share with you my checklist. I'll also create a doc in .pdf form to share with all of you.
2 of 2
Hey mighty mamas, and birth pros, and all the people who love what I do:

Doing the podcast week after week is incredibly rewarding... and also a ton of work!

You've let me know loud and clear how the podcast is making a difference in your pregnancy/birth/postpartum journey or in your work as a doula!YAY!! And I want to continue to do it! I want to keep on supporting YOU by providing solid information from the most awesome birth professionals out there.

So I’m going to do the PBS-thing and ask for your support.

I’ll let you in on a secret:
It's become clear that this important resource requires more time and effort than I initially budgeted. In its current form the podcast simply isn't sustainable– but together we can change that!

While my favorite part of the podcast is sharing awesome knowledge and conversation with cutting edge birth researchers, there's A LOT more that goes into producing a podcast. Between connecting with guests, arranging interviews, researching the topic, preparing questions, recording the show, editing it all together, gathering resources and links, writing show notes, uploading the episode, creating graphics, posting on the website, and blasting it all on social media, I don't really have the resources to reach out and convince advertisers that this is support-worthy endeavor.

But I know I don't have to convince you! YOU know the shows are invaluable! They save you time and money, and they are convenient. You don’t have to read through tons of books or sign up for a class that may not work with your schedule. Nope, here you get to listen whenever and wherever you want, even while multitasking, with the assurance that you are getting fantastic information you can trust.

In the last 4 weeks the show has gotten over 8800 16,200 20,100 27,000 downloads, and it keeps growing week after week, as more people find out about it, and start gobbling up past episodes.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “if every one of you gave one dollar…” and it’s so true!

(Just to give you an idea, I approximate that each show costs between $300 - $350 to produce.)

So why through Patreon?

Because it will keep us closer:
Patreon has a members feed. Yup. That is a way that you can connect with me and the Birthful community, in a smaller space and more significantly than say in Facebook or Twitter. You can give me specific feedback on what you want me to do next on the podcast, or outside of it. I can poll you for feedback. I will give you first access to any free printables or videos that I create. You can post your musings and recommend resources. Knowing you're a vested partner in the mission of The Birthful Podcast will strengthen the communication between us. And I want that!

Because we shouldn’t need a middle man:
Convincing advertisers that they should place ads on the podcast is a time-consuming challenge. Aside from say, the fabulous people of MailChimp, SquareSpace, Audible, and NatureBox, who’ve created a system to work with podcasters, most companies don’t have the time or the inclination to figure it out. Plus I *LOVE* connecting with you. How awesome to say that “this episode is brought to you by (insert your name here)” instead of a company’s name. As a listener, the first one makes me feel warm inside, the second makes me feel like I have to buy something. I’d rather you feel warm inside.

Because you’ll keep me accountable:
Aside from growing the show, I’ve been dreaming of doing webinars and online classes for years. But something is always more urgent, and easier to do. And so days become weeks, become months, and so on. I need that to change. YOU need that to change… after all, pregnancy has an end date and babies grow fast!!

Because you can support me at the level that is right for you:
Patreon allows creators to set tiered reward levels, so that patrons can pledge what works within their budget. To be sure, ANY and ALL pledges make a difference, but by having tiered options, Patreon allows me to give you additional rewards depending on your pledge level. Here’s a quick run-down of the levels I’ve set up (for full details and guidelines, check out the column to your right):
• $1/mo. pledge gets you access to the Patreon Private Feed.
• $3/mo. pledge gets you the previous reward, plus early access to that week’s episode.
• $5/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus one episode brought to everyone by YOU (named on the show, and your name and link in the show notes).
• $10/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus participation in a monthly, Q&A style, online group-chat with me.
• $25/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus your own “Happy Uterus” pin.
• $50/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, except that in this case you’ll be a named sponsor of one episode PER MONTH (named on the show, and your name and link in the show notes). You’ll also get to choose one episode topic.
• $100/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus my “Life with a Newborn” online class as soon as it’s released, plus a 30-min, one-on-one chat, right away.
• $150/mo. pledge gets you the previous rewards, plus you get a monthly, one hour, one-on-one talk with me, about the pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/newborn topic of your choice, or if you are a doula, I’ll mentor you for an hour a month.

There's more!
As soon as we reach the $300/mo. goal, ALL patrons get their names in the "Hall of Fame" and the Birthful website’s Hardcore Supporters' page.
When we reach $500/month, you’ll all get a patron-exclusive printable .pdf of my doula “mental checklist”, that I go through every time I’m at a birth. There will also be a video.


What would your money go towards?

The weekly podcast, chock-full of useful information, will always be free. Your contribution would allow me to continue to bring you (and all the mighty mamas out there) this much-needed and valuable resource. I also have big dreams of creating the following:

• More short (and free!) videos like my “why it’s so hard to take a shower with a newborn

• Q&A webinars on anything from preparing from birth to figuring out baby sleep

• Tweaking the website so that it’s easier to see and search through all the episodes

• Taking my postpartum preparation classes on “the online-road”, so many more of you can take advantage of this knowledge and actually enjoy the first weeks with your newborn (not just the peeps that live close by in Rochester, NY)

• Childbirth education classes, that focus on making labor shorter, less intense, and a great experience (and who doesn’t want that!)

• A Spanish version of the podcast so mighty mamas throughout Latin America -where the cesarean rate is often 60-90% (!!!)- can better inform their choices and intuition.

• Advanced doula trainings to share what I’ve learned in 9+ years, with an emphasis on how to best support the birthing family and setting up a solid doula business. More doulas equals more families being supported in a better way.

• And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

This is an experiment! But it’s working for others*, and if it works for us, it would be incredibly LIBERATING! This is a new and exciting frontier of figuring out how to make life work.

As we grow and reach target goals, I will be able to create more valuable things for you. And you’ll get to tell me what those things should be. Win-win!

So PLEASE, join me on my expanding journey to help you, by becoming one of my patrons. And if you’re not that altruistic, then maybe think of it as buying me a cup of coffee as thanks for all that I may have (and continue) to give you though the weekly show. :)

The beauty of Patreon is that even though you are making a monthly pledge, you can stop at any time. You can upgrade or downgrade from one level to another. It’s really flexible. Every donation, from $1/month up, truly helps.

No matter what level you’re backing me at, THANK YOU! Thank YOU, mighty mama. Thank YOU, birth pro. Thank YOU, lover of what I do.

Let’s do this!

Much love,
Adriana


(Editing a podcast file, at "the studio").

*Others like For Crying Out Loud, or Magic the Amateuring, who create podcasts and receive pledges either monthly, or per show. And it’s not just podcasts, there are all kinds of creators and artists figuring out how to make a living through the support of their village. This allows them to keep on doing what they do, and keep it free to the public. Of course the ultimate creator, and adventurer into the 'art of asking' is the amazing Amanda Palmer.

Recent posts by Adriana Lozada

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
7 patrons
Access to the Patreon Private Activity Feed:
You are helping to keep me on the air, and for that I thank you.
At this level, you’ll get access to the Patreon private activity feed!
Here we’ll get to interact privately. You’ll get to post your musings, I’ll get to post my musings, and tell you about what’s in the works for the show. It will also let you have very direct input about what goes into it. Whenever I create any free printables or videos, I’ll post them here first.
Pledge $3 or more per month
6 patrons
1 Day Early Access:
Three is the magic number! So thank you x 3!!!
At this level you’ll get to live in the future by receiving 1-day early access to each episode. Instead of Wednesdays, you’ll get it on Tuesdays. This reward is at the equivalent level of buying me a virtual coffee (or tea, which is what I drink). So salud!
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
Pledge $5 or more per month
9 patrons
Sponsor One Episode:
I’m so grateful, I’ll thank you on the air!
At this level, one Birthful episode will be brought to everyone by YOU. I’ll say so on the intro! You will also be named as a sponsor on that episode show notes, with a link to your own website, or social media site, if you like.
(Note - this shout-out reward is for individuals or those who run a one-person company. If you want your larger company to sponsor the show, check out the $50 reward. Thank you!)
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
Pledge $10 or more per month
2 patrons
Monthly Online Chat:
You are supporting me a lot, and I want to thank you directly to your virtual face.
At this level you’re invited to a 30-min, monthly online hangout group-chat, Q&A style, hosted by me. As you may imagine, I will be drinking tea. Or sometimes wine. You can drink what you’d like. We’ll have fun. There may even be guests.
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• One episode brought to everyone by you
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 patrons
Your Happy Uterus Pin!
Wow. You are showing me some serious love here. My happy uterus is jumping for joy, and I think you should have one of your own.
At this level, you get all the stuff mentioned above, plus your own “Happy Uterus” pin! Below is a picture to remind you of what that looks like. If I meet you, our happy uteri can salute each other.
(Shipping included in the US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• One episode brought to everyone by you
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style

Pledge $50 or more per month
1 patron
Sponsor an Episode Each Month:
I’m so grateful for your huge support that I want to thank you, and thank you often.
One Birthful episode PER MONTH will be brought to everyone by YOU (for as long as you remain at this pledge level). I’ll say so on the intro! And you’ll also be named as a sponsor on EVERY episode’s show notes (with your link). You’ll also get to choose a topic for an episode, as long as it fits the guidelines of the show and is relevant to listeners. For example, preeclampsia: yes, cross-stitching: no (we’ll email back and forth, and figure it out).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style
• Happy Uterus pin**

(**Shipping included within the continental US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
Life With a Newborn Online Class:
I’m feeling so much love, I’m starting to blush. This is crazy! THANK YOU!!
At this level, you get my life with a newborn online class - due to come out in the winter of 2016. Plus we’ll do a private 30-min, one-on-one online chat before that, so that you can start getting answers. To receive this reward, you need to be at this level for at least 3 months (or do a one time payment that gets you to a donation history of $300).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
• One episode/month brought to everyone by you
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style
• Happy Uterus pin**
• You get to pick an episode topic (that fits the guidelines)

(**Shipping included within the continental US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).
Pledge $150 or more per month
1 of 4 patrons
One-on-One Talk with Me:
Holy sh*t. You are beyond amazing and I can’t believe you are supporting what I do in such an enormous way!
For this, you get a monthly, one hour, one-on-one talk with me, to talk about the pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding/newborn topic of your choice. Or if you are a doula, I’ll mentor you for an hour a month! We can talk about any aspect of your doula business, whether it’s getting clients, pre-natals, how to best help clients… you name it! It will be like your own private, one-on-one advanced doula training. (This we’ll do via Skype, unless you are in the Rochester area - then we can meet face to face).
Plus:
• Access to Patreon Private Feed
• Early access to weekly episode
One episode/month brought to everyone by you
• Invite to monthly online group-chat, Q&A style
• Happy Uterus pin**
• You get to pick an episode topic (that fits the guidelines)

(**Shipping included within the continental US. If you live somewhere else, I’ll contact you, and we’ll figure it out).