Meet Shadae
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We are thrilled to announce Shadae Jenkins has joined the New Beginnings team. Enjoy our recent interview to learn more about her. Tell us about your background. Let’s see, I grew up in GA where most things were farm to … Read More

A Conversation on Empathy
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The Topic Empathy plays a large role in our work as doulas. So what better conversation topic to start our monthly chats? “Empathy goes beyond concern or sympathy. Empathy is stepping into the shoes of another with the intention to … Read More

Henna Bellies!
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All the pictures of cute painted baby bumps for Halloween reminds me of henna bellies. I thought I would share some tips for getting henna on your bump (these tips can also work for painted bellies too!). What is Henna? … Read More

Providing Remote Doula Support that Works with Hospital Requirements
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When hospitals limit the number of support persons, doulas can still function in their capacity as professional labor support without being physically present at the time of birth.

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

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

Updates on New York Doula Law: 22 July 2019
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I am not an authority on anything legal nor am I an expert when comes to government regulations and the political process. I am learning. If you are a doula or any form of birth worker, my recommendation is that … Read More

Thank You Shannon!
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Without getting overly sentimental, I wanted to take a moment to say goodbye to our first trainer here at New Beginnings Doula Training. While Rachel and I have been with the company from the beginning, it was Shannon Tuke who … 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

Doula Advocates and Ways of Communicating
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A few months ago, I wrote a post about what it means to be an advocate as a doula.  It focused on the idea that communication with the entire birth team (your client, medical providers, and other support people), is … Read More

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