How a Trained Doula Assess Labor Pain
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This is a preview of a section from our unit on pain during labor. Assessing Pain Fears about pain before labor can help be allayed by discussing the birth plan and showing them ways that they can help work with … Read More

Validation – An Important Part of Women’s Labor and Birth
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Before we discuss validation in labor and birth, I need to give some background on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In college I minored in psychology where we were taught Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Abraham Maslow was a psychologist who was … Read More

Doula support during Unassisted Childbirth(UC)
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Unassisted childbirth (UC) is defined as “the birth of a baby without the assistance of an obstetrician, midwife, or other health professional”.  While there is only a small percentage of women who choose to have an unassisted birth, doulas are … Read More

What Is a Doula?
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Doulas? A Do-What?!   The thought of labor and birth can be scary for many women.  Images of hospitals, fear, being alone, and pain can fill the mind and create a great deal of anxiety for those who are new … Read More

How to be an advocate as a doula
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  Advocate: the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; Typically, women giving birth have not been adequately prepared for the choices they will be faced with.  They often have not discussed the pros and cons with their providers, nor … Read More

The Nurturing Doula; Empowering Women
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A nurturing doula can help empower women.  “[C]aregiving professionals can seek new ways to nurture and empower [women]…during labor and birth.”-Paulina Perez To nurture is defined as “the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone … Read More

Doulas Supporting Black Women
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Black women are twice as likely to lose their babies as white women in Missouri, and the state’s maternal mortality rate is 50% higher than the national average, according to past Missourian reporting. These statistics are not just the norm … Read More

Alumni Spotlight – Amanda Rhodes
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What is your name? Amanda Rhodes What is your doula business name? Beyond the Bump And my non-profit: It Takes a Village Where are you located? Cape Girardeau, MO When did you finish your doula certification? November 2019 Why did you … Read More

Psoas and How They Effect Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth
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The psoas.  If you are like me, the first time I heard this word, I had no idea what it was and what, if anything, it had to do with birth.  But I’ve learned since, that a prenatal psoas release … Read More

Find a doula near you
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Find a doula that supports you and your provider You are a strong woman.  Willing to do your best for your child, and yourself.  You want the best care.  Our doulas will support you in any choice you make with … Read More

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