How to Provide Supportive Care During Pushing
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I was taught purple pushing as a nurse.  That’s what they call the way the pushing stage is done in the hospital.  The woman is on her back with her legs being held up.  She holds her breathe and pushes … Read More

Rebozo Uses for Doulas
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By Taylor Carter, a New Beginnings Student Traditionally rebozos are passed down from mother to daughter or midwife to midwife (Tully, 2018). They are central and beneficial throughout the stages of life, especially in the countryside. The first time a … Read More

Assessing Anxiety
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As the doula, it is your job to make sure that a laboring woman is adapting well to the stressors that are placed on her during labor. Anxiety and stress can be beneficial, as noted above. It moves the woman … 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

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

More on Validation during Birth
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(Originally Published December 22, 2011) In one post I did, I mentioned the importance of validation during labor and birth.  I then asked that you think about ways that you can validate women during labor.  As I thought about this, … Read More

Preventing Tears During Birth
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Looking for a way to help women prevent tears and be more comfortable during the pushing stage of labor?  You can get the best of both worlds by using warm compresses.  A recent study found that the risk of 3rd and … Read More

Birth Positions for Pushing with Mandy Rempfer-Kuncio
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Currently, many positions are underutilized when it comes to women pushing during the second stage. The typical position is on the back with the legs held up or in stirrups. But more and more, we are understanding, and women are … Read More

Natural Induction Methods: Evening Primrose Oil and How a Certified Doula Can Help
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Natural induction methods are often used by women who also desire to have doulas.  In my doula certification course, methods of induction are presented so that the doula can help provide information to the birthing mother.  The doula must be … Read More

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