A Response to New York State Laws Concerning Doula Certification
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New York State Senate quietly passed a bill on June 18, 2019 that assigns the state as the certifying organization for all doulas within the state. You can read the bill in its entirety here. (Do bear in mind that … Read More

More on Validation during Birth
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(Originally Published December 22, 2011) In one post I did, I mentioned the importance of validation during labor and birth.  I then asked that you think about ways that you can validate women during labor.  As I thought about this, … Read More

Preventing Tears During Birth
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Looking for a way to help women prevent tears and be more comfortable during the pushing stage of labor?  You can get the best of both worlds by using warm compresses.  A recent study found that the risk of 3rd and … Read More

Communication in the Birth Place
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(Editor’s note: first published on December 17, 2011) I think the biggest thing I learned was the contrast between the other birth stories and the OBGYN site. Doctors use different thinking than the mothers do. Some critical thought goes into … Read More

Doulas in the community: Presentation in a Hair Salon
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Community is a key value for New Beginnings, so we would like to see more doulas in the community they serve.  One of the great advantages of the New Beginnings approach to doula training is the required assignments that send … 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

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

Doula Business Course
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You’ve finished your doula training, but know aren’t quite sure where to go. Start here for a 6 mo overview on how to get your business training up and off the ground. Beginning Your Business Week 1 We’re working together … Read More

Common Discomforts During Pregnancy-
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Pregnancy can be uncomfortable, and often women wonder if the discomforts they feel are normal or if there is something they can do about them.  While there usually isn’t a cure, it helps to know what to expect.   New … Read More

How a Doula Helps During a C-Section
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Doula Cesarean Support? Many women who use doulas are looking to have a natural birth without medications.  Occasionally, though, emergencies happen, plans change, and a c-section is neccesary.   I often get questioned on what doula cesarean support to help … Read More

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