How to be an advocate as a doula
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  Advocate: the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; Typically, women giving birth have not been adequately prepared for the choices they will be faced with.  They often have not discussed the pros and cons with their providers, nor … Read More

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

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

Doula Students Getting Involved in Their Communities
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Recently, we put out the following question to our students on our facebook page: I would love to highlight doulas/organizations that are working to educate women and the medical community about doulas and normal birth. If you have anything you … Read More

Cochrane Review regarding hypertension and bedrest-a handout for doulas
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For those who may need some research  or handouts to take with you to appointments and discuss with your care providers, here’s the cochrane reveiw on bedrest and hypertension.  This is a great way to open up dialogue with your … Read More

Cummunication in the birth place-understanding different modes of decision making
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“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 decisions that the mothers made. However, they are … Read More