Emotional Support as Pain Relief
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In the current situation of Covid-19, doulas are switching to supporting their clients remotely instead of in-person. This switch from physical aid does not negate the validity of providing emotional support for laboring women by doulas. Emotional support is a … Read More

More on Validation during Birth
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(Originally Published December 22, 2011) In one post I did, I mentioned the importance of validation during labor and birth.  I then asked that you think about ways that you can validate women during labor.  As I thought about this, … Read More

Webinar: Abuse Survivors and Childbirth
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Abuse Survivors and Childbirth This webinar discusses working with survivors of abuse and the unique set of challenges that presents with childbirth.  Specific topics include: The need to create safety and control Prenatal preparation Discussing the topic with the care … Read More

Safe Birth as Defined by Women
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Many people often state a healthy mom and baby as the number one goal during childbirth, but what does that mean.  To the doctor and medical staff, it could mean a mom and baby that are alive and healthy.  For … Read More

Validation – An Important Part of Women’s Labor and Birth
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Before we discuss validation in labor and birth, I need to give some background on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In college I minored in psychology where we were taught Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Abraham Maslow was a psychologist who was … 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

New Infographic: Roots of Stress
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As I studied stress and how to help alleviate stress in a birthing woman, I came across this concept of where stress comes from.  I thought it was a pretty accurate representation of what makes a labor stressful.  Women are … Read More

New Infographic: Self-Actualization
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Our newest info-graphic is a variation on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. This infographic emphasizes that in order for the greatest outcomes to be achieved in the birthing experience, a women has four different types of needs that ought to be … Read More

Student Response: Why I Choose to Become a Doula
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Here is a unique student response to one of our course assignments where we discuss what encouraged the student to pursue their interest in doula training: I was a ‘young mum.’ I fell pregnant at 18 and had my son … Read More

Safety and Health Resources
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As a part of my course, my students are asked to find resources in their area that is related to alternative health care.  I thought a list of just basic resources would also be useful, so here’s my list for … Read More

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