How to keep swelling down during pregnancy
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When you are pregnant, your body produces 1250 mL more blood volume than before you are pregnant.   You are also obviously gaining weight  All that tends to push fluids out of our blood vessels (where they belong) and into … 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

Quit smoking during pregnancy-making the choice, step 1
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Making a choice.  This may seem like a pretty obvious step, but it can also be hard to do: making the decision to actually stop smoking is the first step you need to take, and can be hard to find … 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 Beginnings … Read More

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

3 Ways to Prevent Doula Burnout
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The doula profession is more than performing a job and going home. It takes a level of passion to be successful at it. Any profession that involves passion and high levels of compassion, has a  risk for burnout.  Some of us … Read More

How women make decisions during labor and birth
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As doulas, it is important that we understand why women make the decisions they do.  Understanding how women make decisions during labor and birth helps us to move away from our own biases during birth, and move into the world … Read More

Why Choose a Doula?
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Those who use continuous support are: More likely to have a spontaneous vaginal birth. Less likely to have intrapartum analgesia. Less likely to report dissatisfaction. More likely to have a shorter labor. Less likely to have c-sections. Less likely to … Read More

How to find doula clients
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Some women seem to be surrounded by pregnant mothers on every side. For others though, the challenge of knowing someone who is pregnant is one of the biggest obstacles to becoming a doula. Our students can be found throughout the … Read More

Teaching Normal Labor
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It has been my experience that the stages model of labor is not based on good theory or research and does not accurately describe how labor truly works.

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