Webinar: Abuse Survivors and Childbirth

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Abuse Survivors and Childbirth This webinar discusses working with survivors of abuse and the unique set of challenges that presents with childbirth.  Specific topics include: The need to create safety and control Prenatal preparation Discussing the topic with the care … Read More

5 Best Doula Videos

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Do you have a client that wants more information on what a doula is and what they can do?  Here’s my list of the best 5 doula videos.  Fun, and quirky answers to the question “What is a doula?”  as … Read More

The Nurturing Doula; Empowering Women

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A nurturing doula can help empower women.  “[C]aregiving professionals can seek new ways to nurture and empower [women]…during labor and birth.”-Paulina Perez To nurture is defined as “the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone … Read More

Statement of Professionalism of Doula Education and Care

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Download Doula Statement of Professionalism (pdf) Statement of Professionalism of Doula Education and Care Among doulas, the need to define their work as a profession is a growing trend. Our birthing communities need this in order for doulas to be … Read More

Student Response: Overweight, Pregnant, and Natural Childbirth

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(Editor Note: Jessica C. of Indiana submitted the following response to one of our first unit assignments.) I appreciate when my midwife and nurses don’t assume the worst because I am overweight. All of my pregnancies have been healthy and … Read More

5 ways to cope with labor pain

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Even though epidurals are a very effective way to control pain during labor (though that does not mean they relieve suffering or anxiety), nearly 16% of epidurals are not effective.  Sometimes women cannot even get them before their baby is … Read More

Misconceptions about Doulas

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Misconception about doulas #1: Women laboring with an epidural do not need a doula. Reality: Doulas can give help through labor, birth and postpartum.  This includes providing information, emotional care, and physical comfort. Even though they experience less pain, fear … Read More

‘Tis the Season for Doula Training Gift Certificates

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Quite possibly the perfect gift for that aspiring doula among your friends or family, we’re pleased to announce our Holiday Happiness Gift Certificates available for immediate purchase! Doula training certificates through New Beginnings are a powerfully way to not only … Read More

Safe Birth as Defined by Women

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Many people often state a healthy mom and baby as the number one goal during childbirth, but what does that mean.  To the doctor and medical staff, it could mean a mom and baby that are alive and healthy.  For … Read More

Validation – An Important Part of Women’s Labor and Birth

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Before we discuss validation in labor and birth, I need to give some background on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In college I minored in psychology where we were taught Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Abraham Maslow was a psychologist who was … Read More

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