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

Music for Labor and Delivery
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Among many relaxation techniques employed to soothe the mind and body, music is an age-old mixture of genius and comfort for the senses. Whether the music is a simple folk song being strummed on a guitar around a campfire, or a heart-thrilling orchestral Bach suite, the wonderful mind-calming … 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

Student Response for Personalized Birth Plans
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In one of our assignment in the main doula course, we ask our students to take into consideration the medical diagnosis of their patient while developing a personalized birth plan.  What follows is the response that we got from one … 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

Midwifery vs. Medical Model of Care
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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