Webinar: Abuse Survivors and Childbirth
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Abuse Survivors and Childbirth This webinar discusses working with survivors of abuse and the unique set of challenges that presents with childbirth.  Specific topics include: The need to create safety and control Prenatal preparation Discussing the topic with the care … Read More

Newborn Jaundice and How to Provide Support as a Doula
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Newborn jaundice is when a baby has a high level of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow substance that the body creates when it replaces old red blood cells. The liver helps break down the substance so it … Read More

Doulas and depression during pregnancy, labor and postpartum
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I often describe the role of a doula by first describing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  This is a concept that is taught in my course.  It can be depicted like a pyramid with physiologic needs and safety at the bottom … Read More

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

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