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While doulas are not a medical professional, and we are not expected to provide medical care, it helps to have a basic knowledge of various medical diagnosis.  So I will be providing more training on some of these that are the most common.  I found a slide show that has some good information, and for those that are taking my doula training course, I would challenge you to make a handout for your clients and make a birth plan that incorporates a mother who is a gestational diabetic.  How would your care change due to this medical diagnosis?  What would it be good to prepare for, or prepare your mother for emotionally and physically?


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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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