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?
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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