How to Support Birth Choices
with No Comments

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

Midwifery vs. Medical Model of Care
with 2 Comments

In this post we are featuring an assignment from one of our most-recently certified doulas, Holly from Louisiana. This particular assignment (assignment 1.1 from unit 1 in the main course) addresses the difference between the two predominant models of  care … Read More

A Birth Story about Hypnobirthing
with No Comments

As a part of my course, I have my students write about the theories in hypnobirthing and then interview someone who has used it. I have seen great births with this method, though most rarely will call it completely pain … Read More

Different Approaches to Breathing during Labor
with 1 Comment

Again from the student files, here is one student’s observations about different approaches to breathing during labor from a client interview. I find the idea of birth breathing very interesting. I have had 3 babies; my first was an epidural … Read More

Student Response: Gestational Diabetes
with No Comments

One of the assignments my students do is how a doula can help when their client is diagnosed with a particular medical diagnosis.  Below is one student’s response of a great way to see what a doula can do for … Read More

Rebozo Uses for Doulas
with No Comments

By Taylor Carter, a New Beginnings Student Traditionally rebozos are passed down from mother to daughter or midwife to midwife (Tully, 2018). They are central and beneficial throughout the stages of life, especially in the countryside. The first time a … Read More

Five Social Structures for Mothers Missing from Western Culture
with No Comments

(This post originated from an assignment submitted by one of our students.  It is reproduced here with her permission. ) The Five Social Structures that Are Missing from Western Culture – How a Doula Can Make a Difference There are … Read More

Doulas in the community: Presentation in a Hair Salon
with No Comments

Community is a key value for New Beginnings, so we would like to see more doulas in the community they serve.  One of the great advantages of the New Beginnings approach to doula training is the required assignments that send … Read More

How women make decisions during labor and birth
with No Comments

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

Nursing Support During Labor-How to Overcome Barriers
with No Comments

When I first began my nursing career in labor and delivery, I quickly realized that physiologic birth was not well understood where I worked.  I was looked at strange, and even told I didn’t know how to push with women … Read More

1 2 3 4