How a Trained Doula Assess Labor Pain
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This is a preview of a section from our unit on pain during labor. Assessing Pain Fears about pain before labor can help be allayed by discussing the birth plan and showing them ways that they can help work with … Read More

Midwifery Credentials
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Ever wonder what the differences were between the different types of midwives? I’ve pulled together some info to help you in figuring that out. Hopefully this will help when choosing which care provider to work with.

Healing After Stillbirth or Miscarriage
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In childbirth and motherhood there are inevitably losses of many kinds. I’ve mentioned my own loss when I had a miscarriage. What was the most difficult for me at the time was the many unanswered questions. Why did it happen? … Read More

Rebozo Uses for Doulas
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By Taylor Carter, a New Beginnings Student Traditionally rebozos are passed down from mother to daughter or midwife to midwife (Tully, 2018). They are central and beneficial throughout the stages of life, especially in the countryside. The first time a … Read More

What Is the Difference between a Doula and an Experienced Mother for Labor Support?
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In order to answer this, let’s first look at what the research says about the different forms of labor support and how they compare. One of the major research groups that analyses current research has found that women who receive … 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

Smoothie for Postpartum and Lactation
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During pregnancy, our bodies use a lot of nutrients that need to be bulked up on or replenished after birth. Sometimes this can be a daunting task as a new mom adjusting to a new baby and trying to rearrange … Read More

Help to Balance Doula Work and Family
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  Being able to organize your thoughts, ideas, and environment is key to providing excellent care as a doula. Our main course in our doula training is arranged around this concept of organization and assessment for this reason. Sometimes, though, … Read More

The Benefits of Breastfeeding
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Whey, lactose, protein, growth factors, lactobacillus, IgA, antioxidants, and antibiotics: what do these all have in common?  They all are a part of breast milk.  Not only do these components provide the optimal nutrition for your baby, but they also … Read More

A Doula’s Role: Delayed Cord Clamping
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When I first started working as a labor and delivery nurse, delayed cord clamping was often scoffed at.  Women who wanted to have that done were “humored”, but seen as “one of those patients”.  If a baby did not cry … Read More

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