What Is a Doula?
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Doulas? A Do-What?!   The thought of labor and birth can be scary for many women.  Images of hospitals, fear, being alone, and pain can fill the mind and create a great deal of anxiety for those who are new … Read More

Labor Support and Doula Education
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Education, along with compassion, is the foundation for the New Beginnings program. We are dedicated to providing high quality labor support and doula education for our students, as well as for women, doulas, and other birthworkers.  We provide three levels … Read More

Misconceptions about Doulas
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Misconception about doulas #1: Women laboring with an epidural do not need a doula. Reality: Doulas can give help through labor, birth and postpartum.  This includes providing information, emotional care, and physical comfort. Even though they experience less pain, fear … Read More

What Makes New Beginning Doula Training Unique?
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We released last week a new informational video about the heart or core of our doula training program: the Main Course. As we’ve discussed and developed the purpose of the Main Course at New Beginnings Doula Training, we’ve come to … Read More

Handout: Doulas in the Labor and Delivery Room
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This PDF-formatted handout helps explain how doulas can be a valuable contributor to the birthing process in hospitals and birth center environments.  Download Handout >>

Defining a Doula
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PBS recently produced an informative 7-minute video about the work of doulas and highlighting a particular pregnancy assistance program in the greater New York City area focused on helping under privileged women to receive the birth care provide by a … Read More

A doula defined
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 A doula provides non-medical, holistic care to the childbearing family. Prenatally, she provides information to help a family plan what they would like for their birth. During birth, she provides continuous labor support and helps the laboring family work smoothly … Read More

Doula handout for ways to get good labor and delivery care
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If your looking for a way to help your client make childbirth choices, childbirth connection has come out with a great handout of 10 ways to get good maternity care.  Feel free to download and share with your clients.  This … Read More

A New Beginning
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I have been blogging about birth for a long time now and through various stages of my professional development.  I have loved it and have loved having a space to connect with others online as well as share my own … Read More