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

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

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

Prepare your Body for Labor by Decreasing Muscle Tension
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We all want to have as easy a labor as possible, and a large part of preparing your body for labor comes before labor even starts. Some of preparation should be stretches and exercises to help decrease muscle tension in … Read More

Prenatal Appointments: Including the Spouse
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How to include the partner for prenatal appointments during Covid-19 Pregnancy is a joyous for families, and most partners want to be included in the prenatal appointments, especially the ultrasounds. Hearing and seeing the growing baby in the mother’s womb … Read More

Managing Second Stage Labor
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When I was working in the hospital, I came across data and research that supported managing second stage labor in a different way than what I was taught. In the hospital, we were taught to start pushing as soon as … Read More

Doula Role: Neonatal Care
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How do you support a client whose baby was whisked away to the Neonatal Care Unit? Whether it’s planned or unplanned having a baby in the neonatal care unit can be overwhelming and scary for parents. As doulas, we can … Read More

Risks and Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping
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The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping There are so many benefits to delayed cord clamping. Here is a list of benefits from numerous sources.  From “Midwife Thinking: The Placenta Essential Resuscitation Equipment” by Dr. Rachel Reed Allows fetal blood that … Read More

Alumni Interview with LaDawn Maness
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About LaDawn Maness What is your doula business name? Agape Doula Emmettagape.weebly.com https://www.facebook.com/Agape-Doula-303422167188896 Where are you located?Emmett, Idaho When did you finish your doula certification?June 2020 Why did you decide to become a doula? Two reasons. I did not realize … Read More

How to keep swelling down during pregnancy
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When you are pregnant, your body produces 1250 mL more blood volume than before you are pregnant.   You are also obviously gaining weight  All that tends to push fluids out of our blood vessels (where they belong) and into … Read More

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