“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 ›
As I studied stress and how to help alleviate stress in a birthing woman, I came across this concept of where stress comes from. I thought it was a pretty accurate representation of what makes a labor stressful. Women are either wanting something to go away (pain, interventions, someone in the room), wanting something to happen that they are worrying about (VBAC, epidural, no interventions), or not understanding what is going on. A huge part of what a doula does is make sure that women’s choices are honored, provide information, and give women tools to work through their worries and concerns.
I was searching on the Internet for pictures on how to do a squat during pregnancy and came up with a lot of good information on why we should squat, but I was disappointed on the amount of squats that were done incorrectly. So I decided to write my own post with my own pictures for those who want to know more about squatting and how to do it during pregnancy. Read more ›
One of our students (now an alumnus) shared some insightful perspectives a couple of months back on how to help mothers who struggle with weight gain during pregnancy. This was in response to an assignment on nutrition from the childbirth course.
Below is the response to the course assignment:
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