Patty is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas, a doula training and certification agency offering online birth, postpartum, and end-of-life doula training and doula business development support. For 40 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and successful entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained over 2,000 people to become doulas. As the founder/executive director of two community-based nonprofit doula programs in Michigan, Patty has helped makes doulas widely available in her home state, especially for low-income families. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Create a Successful Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula Business and The Doula Business Guide Workbook, both in their third editions.