Doula support during Unassisted Childbirth(UC)
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Unassisted childbirth (UC) is defined as “the birth of a baby without the assistance of an obstetrician, midwife, or other health professional”.  While there is only a small percentage of women who choose to have an unassisted birth, doulas are … 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 is the purpose of a doula?
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What is the purpose of a doula?  Scope of Practice Editor’s Note: Jessica Cartwright is one of our incoming students to recently be awarded a merit-based scholarship. As a part of the scholarship application process, we request that candidates complete … 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

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

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

A Perfect Birth, Almost
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Rachel works a part time job at the birth center nearest to us (an hour and half away) on the weekends. In this capacity, she functions as an on-call nurse. She will frequently debrief her birthing experiences with me. I … Read More

Supporting Women who are Shaking During Labor
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Shaking during labor can be common. This video provides a quick look at when it happens, what may cause it, and how you help support a women who is experiencing the shivers during labor. References: Shivering and shivering-like tremor during … Read More

Doulas and Inclusive Leadership in the LGBT Community
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As a business, we believe all women deserve support. We also support other’s rights to disagree with this on a personal or professional level. We do feel our doulas should discuss their personal beliefs with women in private conversations if … 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

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