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

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

Doula support during Unassisted Childbirth(UC)
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Unassisted childbirth (UC) is defined as “births that are planned not to be assisted by professional healthcare providers”(MacDonald et al.), and an “absence of an expert, rather than complete solitude”.  This is different than, what is called, “born upon arrival“.  … 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

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

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