Supporting LGTBQIA+ birthing people
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As doulas, helpers often immersed in a medical field, it is important to continue our education about the people we are supporting and keep up with changes that need to be made. I personally love writing these blogs, because I … 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

A Doula Perspective of the Christmas Story
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We realize that not everyone will be celebrating the Christian world’s most beloved holiday of the year. Yet perhaps we might ask for your indulgence for just a moment. I invite you to consider the great birth story at the … Read More

Spirituality During Childbirth
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The more I work with women in birth, the more I realize that spirituality plays a role in many people’s births.  This may include a simple prayer or long meditations the mother uses to connect herself to the divine with … Read More

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

Risks and Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping
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The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping There are so many benefits to delayed cord clamping. Here is a list of benefits from numerous sources.  From “Midwife Thinking: The Placenta Essential Resuscitation Equipment” by Dr. Rachel Reed Allows fetal blood that … Read More

Emotional Support as Pain Relief
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In the current situation of Covid-19, doulas are switching to supporting their clients remotely instead of in-person. This switch from physical aid does not negate the validity of providing emotional support for laboring women by doulas. Emotional support is a … Read More

What Are the Side Effects of Pitocin?
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Did you know that Pitocin is the most commonly used drug for inductions in the US?  Did you also know that it is classified as a “high-alert” drug, and half of all paid legal claims involve pitocin? So why is … Read More

Case Study: How Doulas Can Adapt for Successful Remote Birth Support
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Louise Johnson was preparing to assist as a doula when the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically shifted hospital requirements for childbirth. New limits were placed that allowed only one (1) support person in the room with the birth mother. This happend just … Read More

Using Affirmations During Labor
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Positive affirmations are short, positive statements that can be used during labor by the mother or the support person as a way of creating a positive attitude toward birth and labor pain. Sometimes negative thoughts hinder the body from progressing … Read More