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What Doulas Do

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 15:58
The word doula comes from an ancient Greek word that literally translates “woman’s servant.” That is great for an anthropologist, but it doesn’t really explain much about the modern women who attend birth. Some people confuse the services of a doula with the services of a midwife, yet some doulas…

Is DAD the Ideal Postpartum Doula?

Thursday, 19 September 2013 20:45
Is DAD the Ideal Postpartum Doula?   Postpartum care around the world has well elaborated traditions that support healing, bonding, and growth for the new family. They are respected and received by families in all financial strata. These traditions are considered essential not only to the mother’s immediate recovery, they’re…
It is always exciting to hear your baby’s heartbeat during routine antenatal visits. The fast clip clopping that sounds so much like a horse galloping away is a wonderful affirmation of the life growing inside your belly. During labour it can be a handy tool to monitor the baby’s well-being…

Who Uses A Doula?

Sunday, 27 January 2013 15:37
A Midwife, Doula, and Postpartum Help for Healthier, Happier Mom, Dad & Baby Who uses a doula, midwife, and postpartum help? Barefoot hippies? Hollywood divas? Yes, and millions of everyday, hardworking people around the world who have decided either through their cultural heritage or personal research that for them, a natural…
My favorite semester of nursing school was my maternal-child class. I spent a couple of days on a post-partum unit, a couple in the NICU, and was scheduled to do two days in Labor & Delivery. In both days there, I saw zero vaginal deliveries. None. Zip. Nada. My instructor…

Achieving True Freedom for Birth

Monday, 08 October 2012 11:37
On September 20, 2012, the groundbreaking documentary, Freedom For Birth, by film makers Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, was shown in over 1000 screenings and over 50 countries around the world. I hosted a screening in Raleigh, NC, and while we only had six people attend, I cannot adequately express…
Childbirth Education Classes? What’s that you may ask? Shouldn’t I already know how to birth a child? Well maybe, especially if this isn’t your first child. However, while the body becomes autonomic during labor, it maybe hard for you to allow yourself to go into the mind frame of birthing.…

Hospital Birth Step #2: Establishing Support

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 22:50
Once you have chosen a care provider, the next step in planning a hospital birth is establishing your support system. I would argue that this is possibly the single most important thing you can do for both you and your baby to ensure you have the birth you desire. Having…

Unassisted Birth Step #9: Gathering Supplies

Saturday, 19 November 2011 10:44
This might include, but is not limited to: birth pool shower curtain or vinyl table cloth chux pads towels cord clamps scissors placenta bowl baby scale receiving blankets baby hats herbs (for example, shepherd's purse for bleeding or raspberry tea leaves). Birth kit supplies may be purchased from a variety…
 This could be a doula, your partner, a family member, friend, or absolutely no one. Who attends or doesn't attend your birth can make all the difference to you. This is a personal choice you have to make and not factor in what other people may think. Also, if you…
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