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How to: Decide if You Need a Doula

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 02:22
As one might expect, I think everyone deserves doula support as part of a strong, cohesive birthing team. I know the benefits of a trained professional support person for birthing parents, and I've seen firsthand the strength many draw from our presence. I also know, however, that sometimes we have…
Recently, the TBS Facebook page shared this image from Plus Size Birth. It was also shared around many of the birth-related Facebook pages I follow: Unfortunately, many of the comments I saw echoed two common sentiments: Having a birth plan makes you a target for judgmental nurses/doctors, and "We have…
Some people are great when it comes time for their partners to give birth. Others need to brush up on their birth etiquette. These 10 tips will help your partner know what to expect, ways to support you, and how to treat the other members of your birth team. Let’s…

How to: Contact a Doula

Monday, 10 March 2014 03:00
Once you've found a doula whose availability, area, and available information looks like it might fit, Your next step is making contact. What follows are some rough guidelines for how to do that in a way that will help you gauge early on if you’re a good fit for one…

How to: Find a Doula

Sunday, 09 March 2014 22:43
There's sometimes a big gap between the resources available to families planning their pregnancies and births, and I've discovered that one of those has a pretty direct impact on my work: making the connection. Most families read about professional doulas as an idea in a book, blog, or discussion board,…
Pregnant women: print this out and hand it right to your partner, you will thank me later. By now you’ve already gone through the excitement of a positive pregnancy test, received the hugs and high fives from friends and family, and made the decision whether to find out if you’re…

The Roles of Midwives, Past and Future

Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:47
Midwives have had a long and varied history. For much of history, they were the only health care providers in many areas. Physicians were concentrated around cities or isolated in universities, while the health concerns of the majority of the population were seen to by skilled women in the community…

With Woman

Thursday, 06 February 2014 22:04
It has not been long that I've been a doula. My training is nearing completion with a few more births to be evaluated. I take great pride in my training efforts; read far more than required, watch every film and documentary, listen earnestly to other birth workers and other mothers…

Doulas: Who Are They?

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 17:06
To tell you the truth when I first heard the word "doula" I could only think about homebirth and mothers who totally reject anything which is in connection with hospitals. Then the more I learned from them, the more I started to believe that every woman really needs a doula…

The Seven Women You Need For Childbirth

Thursday, 02 January 2014 15:06
Women need women. When embarking on this ancient pilgrimage different women will help in different ways, fulfil various needs, all without your conscious knowledge. 1) Your Childless Friend She has known you a long time, knows who you used to be and has watched you evolve. She will likely be…
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