We are please to announce the formation of a Facebook group which has been specifically formed for the benefit of students taking the New Beginnings Doula Training Program, an initiative taken by one of our more recent new students. This was something that we had hoped to add to our online interface as a forum or something similar. However with our limited time presently, it’s been something that we’ve had to put on the back burner. This group is great alternative and we openly welcome it. Read more ›
This PDF-formatted handout helps explain how doulas can be a valuable contributor to the birthing process in hospitals and birth center environments. Download Handout >>
Our newest info-graphic is a variation on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This infographic emphasizes that in order for the greatest outcomes to be achieved in the birthing experience, a women has four different types of needs that ought to be addressed: safety, physical, social, and esteem.
New Beginnings offers only one type of certification: our online, self-paced and self-motivated training program. It is ideal for women in a variety of situations: from stay-at-home moms with small children, up to soon-to-be grandmothers, and back down to college students looking for related course supplements to their nursing or midwifery degrees. The course is designed to be completed in approximately nine (9) months. However students have up to two (2) years to complete the course.
Nine months can be something of a long haul, so we wanted to profile one of our newest course graduates to give some encouragement to the rest of you who are still in the process. Congratulations to Bethany Allen of Texas, who completed all the course requirements back in December. Read more ›
Pain during childbirth is a common phenomenon. It is most often associated with the contracting of the uterus. However, did you know that pain can come from all sorts of areas and for all sorts of reasons during labor and childbirth? Often these are overlooked in the process. Read more ›
We realize that not everyone will be celebrating the Christian world’s most beloved holiday of the year, but perhaps we might ask for your indulgence for just a moment as we pause to consider what might be quite possibly the greatest birth story every told. Not that we need to compare one birth story to another, but we thought we would just point out one or two lessons learned –whether you believe it actually happened or not– that can be applied universally to the work of a doula. Read more ›
Now that we’ve gotten our course all nice and shiny, and the website is enjoying a healthy stream of on-going visitors, we’re discovering that one of our deterrents to new registrations is the price of our program, and it seems to be because we’re not charging enough. “It almost too good to be true!” is what we keep hearing. So I thought I’d take just a moment to justify our pricing strategy and motives.
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We recently took a moment to discuss the importance of having a doula present at births were medical intervention is either planned or unplanned. Specifically, we discuss the need for doulas especially during c-sections.
Recently, we put out the following question to our students on our facebook page:
I would love to highlight doulas/organizations that are working to educate women and the medical community about doulas and normal birth. If you have anything you can send my way that describes any community involvement, I’ll put it in my newsletter.
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In one of our assignment in the main doula course, we ask our students to take into consideration the medical diagnosis of their patient while developing a personalized birth plan. What follows is the response that we got from one of our students:
I actually do have first hand experience with gestational diabetes and cesareans — four of them to be exact. I taught myself how to escape the genetic grips of gestational diabetes. It took a few tries, but I succeeded. However, that being said, this was a harder assignment for me!