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

Doulas Supporting Black Women
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Black women are twice as likely to lose their babies as white women in Missouri, and the state’s maternal mortality rate is 50% higher than the national average, according to past Missourian reporting. These statistics are not just the norm … Read More

Alumni Spotlight – Amanda Rhodes
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What is your name? Amanda Rhodes What is your doula business name? Beyond the Bump And my non-profit: It Takes a Village Where are you located? Cape Girardeau, MO When did you finish your doula certification? November 2019 Why did you … 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

Common Discomforts During Pregnancy-
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Pregnancy can be uncomfortable, and often women wonder if the discomforts they feel are normal or if there is something they can do about them.  While there usually isn’t a cure, it helps to know what to expect.   New … 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

Quit smoking during pregnancy-making the choice, step 1
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Making a choice.  This may seem like a pretty obvious step, but it can also be hard to do: making the decision to actually stop smoking is the first step you need to take, and can be hard to find … 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

How women make decisions during labor and birth
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As doulas, it is important that we understand why women make the decisions they do.  Understanding how women make decisions during labor and birth helps us to move away from our own biases during birth, and move into the world … Read More

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