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(Editor’s note: first published on December 17, 2011)

I think the biggest thing I learned was the contrast between the other birth stories and the OBGYN site. Doctors use different thinking than the mothers do. Some critical thought goes into decisions that the mothers made. However, they are more likely to use intuition and trial and error, while the doctor’s need to use other types of thinking in order to do their jobs “right.” I can see how the two can be at odds a bit in a hospital setting, and it’s good to know where both parties are “coming from,” so to speak

Paula, a New Beginnings student

This was a comment from one of my students as she was reading through different case scenarios I presented.  I found it interesting, because people do come from different viewpoints and ways of thinking.  It is important to understand this in order to work with different kinds of people.  Communicating about intuition with someone who does not believe or acknowledge intuition would be difficult.  When we work with care providers and women, we need to understand how they think and process information to better communicate with them and help them during birth.

The four ways of problem solving that are discussed in the course are: trial and error, intuition, critical thinking, and scientific reasoning.  For practice, go to the first unit of the doula foundations course and find the case study.  Use this to figure out what sort of problem solving is being done.  You can also look at your own choices in birth and think about how you make decisions.

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Rachel has worked as a register nurse (BSN from University of Utah) since 2004 with a work history in Labor and Delivery, NICU and Postpartum Care. She is also the founder of New Beginnings Doula Training which she organized in 2011. When she's not busy being a mother and grandmother, she can be found reading research papers related to some aspect of childbirth.

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