3 Ways to Prevent Doula Burnout

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The doula profession is more than performing a job and going home. It takes a level of passion to be successful at it. Any profession that involves passion and high levels of compassion, has a  risk for burnout.  Some of us … Read More

Prepare Your Body for Labor by Correct Alignment

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Alignment is key in keeping both pelvic stability and muscles tension where it should be during pregnancy and birth.  With correct alignment the muscles that need to be stretched are stretched and the muscles that need to be strengthened are … Read More

Prepare Your Body for Labor by Increasing Pelvic Stability

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Pelvic stability is also a factor that needs to be taken into account when discussing pelvic space and mobility.  When certain muscles are not being used and have lost their strength, other joints, ligaments, or muscles have to take over … Read More

Prepare your Body for Labor by Decreasing Muscle Tension

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A large part of providing labor support for women comes before labor even starts. The role of a doula includes providing information to help women understand their choices and prepare them for childbirth.  An important topic to cover prior to … Read More

All women should have access to doula care

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The biggest news from ACOG’s latest Committee Opinion, was that women should have access to continuous labor support, professionally called a doula.  This does not surprise many who have been following the trail of research since the 1990’s.  They cite … Read More

Doulas and Nurses Working Together

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Doulas and Nurses Working Together Collaboration is an important part of a client’s healthcare experience during birth. One of the first steps for better collaboration involves working together as a birth team to clarify one another’s roles and what everyone … Read More

Students Describe What it Means to be a Doula

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Becoming a doula can be a life changing journey.  For many people it starts with a desire to serve women and their babies.  We learn how doulas provide support , and attributes that embody a quality doula are traits we seek to have and … Read More

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

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Whey, lactose, protein, growth factors, lactobacillus, IgA, antioxidants, and antibiotics: what do these all have in common?  They all are a part of breast milk.  Not only do these components provide the optimal nutrition for your baby, but they also … Read More

Natural Induction Methods: Evening Primrose Oil and How a Certified Doula Can Help

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Natural induction methods are often used by women who also desire to have doulas.  In my doula certification course, methods of induction are presented so that the doula can help provide information to the birthing mother.  The doula must be … Read More

Interview with a Doula Pioneer: Amy Gilliland

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Last month, we were privileged to host a webinar with doula pioneer, Amy Gilliland, who has asked “What is your community’s story of change?” Learn more about the history of doulas, birth attendants and labor support.

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