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

How to Support Birth Choices
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How to Support Birth Choices: A Student Explains Different Modes of Decision Making Bias: A personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment. Worldview:  The definition of a worldview is an overall way of looking at the world. Most people will agree that … Read More

Student response: Mindful birth training during birth
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As a part of the course, our students go through a series of mindful birth training.  This is used both as a self-care measure for them, and as a way to help their clients utilize this resource in their own … Read More

Student Response: Purpose of Labor Support
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This comes from an assignment one of my students turned in about the purpose of labor support.  I felt it was a good description of the roles of doulas. “The purpose of labor support is to provide mothers with a … Read More

Student Response: Working with Hospitals for a More Gentle Birth in Malaysia
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(Editor’s Note: This is was an alternative assignment that was accepted for our Doula Foundations Course, Unit 2 Project. Our student, Maira D., lives in the capitol city of Malaysia.)   The project in Unit 2 is marked as incomplete … Read More

Student Response: Overweight, Pregnant, and Natural Childbirth
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(Editor Note: Jessica C. of Indiana submitted the following response to one of our first unit assignments.) I appreciate when my midwife and nurses don’t assume the worst because I am overweight. All of my pregnancies have been healthy and … Read More

Music for Labor and Delivery
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(Editor’s Note: We just recently instituted a new application process for our scholarships. As a part of this new process, we ask the applicants to write  a paper on a topic of their choice involving labor support.  Below is one … Read More

Hypnobirthing: Fight or Flight and the Perception of Pain
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Student Response by Cara Koehlerth (Editor Note: This was first submitted as an assignment in our program. This student’s response is reprinted here with her permission.) There are many different types of birthing classes & theories designed to explain labor … Read More

Student Presentation in a Hair Salon
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One of the great advantages of the New Beginnings approach to doula training are the required assignments that send our students out into the communities where they live. One of our first assignments that requires community outreach is the doula … Read More

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