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

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

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