Doula Scope and Standards of Practice
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At New Beginnings we are often asked what exactly a doula can and can’t do, and what their limits to practice are when they hold other professional licenses and certification. This is a common question among doulas and the organizations … Read More

Natural Induction Methods: Black Cohosh to Induce Labor
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Black Cohosh to Induce Labor What it is: Black Cohosh is another plant that has historically been used by midwives to help induce labor.  It is made from the root and is available as a tincture, capsule or tea. Not much is … Read More

Providing Labor Support: Pain vs Suffering
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Pain vs Suffering Pain is one of the first things that women will say they are concerned about in labor.  It is interesting to note that women describe this experience differently, and pain takes on different meanings for different people.  … Read More

Doula Advocates and Ways of Communicating
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A few months ago, I wrote a post about what it means to be an advocate as a doula.  It focused on the idea that communication with the entire birth team (your client, medical providers, and other support people), is … Read More

Prepare Your Body for Labor by Correct Alignment
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Alignment is key in keeping both pelvic stability and muscles tension where it should be during pregnancy and birth.  With correct alignment the muscles that need to be stretched are stretched and the muscles that need to be strengthened are … Read More

Prepare Your Body for Labor by Increasing Pelvic Stability
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Pelvic stability is also a factor that needs to be taken into account when discussing pelvic space and mobility.  When certain muscles are not being used and have lost their strength, other joints, ligaments, or muscles have to take over … Read More

Doulas and Nurses Working Together
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Doulas and Nurses Working Together Collaboration is an important part of a client’s healthcare experience during birth. One of the first steps for better collaboration involves working together as a birth team to clarify one another’s roles and what everyone … Read More

Tips for New Doulas
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When I brought my first baby home, I remember having a sense of feeling overwhelmed, with the big question looming in my head, “Now what?”.  What in the world was I supposed to do now that I had become a … Read More

Three Best Doula Marketing Videos
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Marketing for doulas is a hot topic nowadays.  With the new technology available, marketing has become easier to do for the small business of the doula.  For doulas who want to delve a little deeper into how to find clients … Read More

How a doula can deal with negative emotions
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We know that a quality doula will provide support for her client in whatever choices she makes.  Whether or not she agrees with those decisions should not affect her care. That said, it is not uncommon for negative emotions to … Read More

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