Tara Kenny | Birth and Postpartum Doula and Certified Professional Midwife
Boston Community Midwifery
Q: Why did you start your business?
A: As a child, I was always drawn to helping out moms and babies. In my undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology, I did my thesis work on birthing practices in Kenya, Africa. I worked with teen moms as a doula for a few years after that and then I decided to go to National College of Midwifery School in Taos, New Mexico. Here I worked with 3 midwives and trained mostly in birth center. After graduating from midwifery school, I started my doula and a midwifery practice in 2007 in the Boston area. When I was brainstorming names, I came up with Boston Community Midwifery and Doulas. I wanted to have a practical name, yet a warm and community type feel for my practice, so that it would be an easy search online and I think it’s paid off.
Q: What are some key factors or decisions that contributed to the success of your business?
A: The best way I have gotten my name out there is word of mouth. After intimately working with and supporting roughly 100 families in the first few years, my practice took off. I believe most people find me through a friend in the Boston area or through a Google search in the Boston area.
Q: What are some challenging aspects of your business?
A: Being self-employed is challenging. You are faced with needing to do everything yourself in your business and you need to be meticulous about tracking every detail. My work is also very demanding since I am "on-call" most of the time. It can be challenging to separate work time and personal time. Taxes are always a headache, but I am trying to get better about my systems. I have realized that having a separate bank account that has saved money for taxes can make a big difference.
Q: Do you feel you made any serious mistakes as you were starting or growing your business? Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?
A: I would suggest to have organized systems for book keeping every month of what money comes in and out of your business. This will greatly help you during tax time.
Q: What other advice or words of inspiration would you like to share?
A: Be patient when starting a business. It really does take several years and do something you love otherwise you can get burned out. It’s also extremely important to build in vacation time.
About Boston Community Midwifery
Caring for new mothers and expectant parents as a doula (emotional, physical support person) and professional midwife for those women who are low-risk and planning an out of hospital birth.
"Being self-employed is challenging. You are faced with needing to do everything yourself in your business and you need to be meticulous about tracking every detail."—Tara Kenny