Webinar: Navigating the NICU

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This webinar addresses how doulas can work with mothers whose babies are admitted to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). We discuss the rights of the mother in NICU care and how a mother can help care for her baby … Read More

Needs of Professional Doulas-New Beginnings Response to Doula Divisions

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Statement on the Divisions and Needs of Professional Doulas Recently, Buzzfeed published an article that brought up some very significant divisions among the doula community. This has caused harm and damage to many birthing communities and is a cause for … Read More

Why Get Certified as a Doula

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Doula work is a largely unregulated field, which has allowed it to expand and diversify in many different ways.  Because of this, credentialing and certification are not required, and many doulas wonder why there is even a need.  So the … Read More

Student Response: Working with Hospitals for a More Gentle Birth in Malaysia

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(Editor’s Note: This is was an alternative assignment that was accepted for our Doula Foundations Course, Unit 2 Project. Our student, Maira D., lives in the capitol city of Malaysia.)   The project in Unit 2 is marked as incomplete … Read More

Eating and Drinking in Labor-the Midwifery Model of Care

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Is eating and drinking in labor safe?  Much of our current research actually shows it is.  How women are hydrated during labor is one of the differences you will see between the medical model of care and the midwifery model … Read More

Our Commitment to the Professional Doula

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Our commitment to the Professional Doula Download Doula Statement of Professionalism (pdf) A month ago, I came out with a statement on the Professionalism of Doula Education and Care.  Written to offer an industry standard for the professional doula, it … Read More

Birth Art: A Useful Doula Skill

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Birth Art: A Useful Doula Skill Birth art may not be the first skill you think of to help women in childbirth, but art can offer your client many benefits.  It allows women to explore fears, integrate the birth experience, … Read More

Midwifery Model of Care

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The midwifery model of care and the medical model of care are two very different ways of looking at birth.  They both hold a set of theories and beliefs that inform care during birth.  This video discusses those differences for … Read More

Labor Support and Doula Education

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Education, along with compassion, is the foundation for the New Beginnings program. We are dedicated to providing high quality labor support and doula education for our students, as well as for women, doulas, and other birthworkers.  We provide three levels … Read More

7 Ways to Market your Doula Business

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We know no two women are alike in their birth preferences or how their birth happens.  Choices, biology, and desires all come together to make a unique experience.  In the same way, each doula or doula group comes with their … Read More

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