Movement in labor

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In the midwifery model of care, movement is an important part of labor, and movement in labor is seen as a beneficial way to allow the mother to participate in her labor.  

A certified doula’s working birth plan

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In my course, I teach a different way of making birth plans.  These  birth plans allow for planning as well as flexibility.  It is also not just a list of things the mom wants, but a plan for both the … Read More

Student Response: Purpose of Labor Support

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This comes from an assignment one of my students turned in about the purpose of labor support.  I felt it was a good description of the roles of doulas. “The purpose of labor support is to provide mothers with a … Read More

Midwifery Model of Care-Hydrotherapy

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Another “pearl” of the midwifery model of care-hydrotherapy.  Hydrotherapy is the immersion in water during labor or birth to help relieve pain and increase relaxation.  Other associations that have weighed in on this topic are ACOG and ACNM.

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

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