More often than not, birth stories are related in a linear fashion, but my experiences of birth have never felt linear. The memories come back to me in episodic moments of emotion and inner thoughts. Like flashes of light, I see again the moments that make up my births. The numbers of dilation and patterns float around on the surface, but underneath it is the brief moments that stitch together to make up the memory of a birth. Read more ›
As popularity for our online doula training program continues to grow, we have enjoyed over the past several months new registration numbers coming in at between 15 to 20 new students per month. While we are both gratified and excited by the success and interest in our course, we are having to deal with the real challenge of growth and how to manage that effectively. Read more ›
One of our students prepared a birth plan for a client who would be dealing with anemia (a deficiency of red blood cells typically resulting in weariness) during her labor. With our student’s permission we are reproducing her plan on how to work with this particular complication that required more medical interventions. Read more ›
“Chill out girlfriend. Pregnancy is a natural part of life. Our bodies were designed to carry and deliver a baby. Being stressed puts you at risk of preterm labor and having low-birthweight babies.”
In the training unit on anxiety, we ask our students to interview a prospective client and to prepare a handout to give them regarding anxiety in childbirth. This student’s handout had a witty and humorous twist to it.
“Crazy Women Anxiety” handout
icon ©2014 M Czarnecki; photo by P.Fortune
The more I work with women in birth, the more I realize that spirituality plays a role in many people’s births. This may include a simple prayer or long meditations the mother uses to connect herself to the divine with each contraction. I found that it became important for me to be in tune with the mother’s use of these rituals in order to either help her, or remind her of her desire to use these as a resource. Because of this, I ask my students to interview someone about spirituality during birth. Read more ›
One of our students recently completed an assignment in the childbirth course on delayed cord clamping. As a part of her assignment, she included the picture featured here of twins born vaginally in the hospital. Baby A (on the left) had instant cord clamping, while baby B ( on the right) had delayed cord clamping. The difference in skin color is quite distinct, but this is only indicative of a host of additional benefits to the infant child that result from waiting to cut the umbilical cord or what is more commonly referred to as delayed cord clamping. The photo is being shared here with both permission from our student and the mother of the twins.
A question we get a lot of goes something along the lines of “How long does it take to get certified?” New Beginnings Doula Training is a self-paced education experience. Thus, the answer to question is something like this: “Well, it depends.”
When speaking generally, we like to say that the average committed student can get the course done in approximately 9 to 12 months’ time frame. This is not a weekend doula training workshop, but rather, a comprehensive, research-based educational experience. Read more ›
We’ve just pushed live a couple of new features on the student dashboard that we wanted to point out. The Student Progress page is accessible from the top right menu under the link “Check Grades.” (You must be logged in to see this link.) This is just a first step in our efforts to better help students track their progress and move all their work into an online environment accessible from virtually anywhere.
The other feature that is being made available today is a profile editor, which allows students to log in to their individual accounts and update personal contact information. This isn’t a highly requested feature, but we do have students move or change email addresses on us from time to time. Now students have the option to update their accounts directly from their student dashboard.
This is another response from one of my students on why they wanted to be a doula. I felt this described the importance of doulas from personal experience, and why having a doula around helps, even if other support people are there. Read more ›