Models of Care in Birth Experiences
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Our former and current students are some of the greatest minds, and sometimes the assignments they submit are too good not to share. Here is one assignment turned in by Greta Slabach. The assignment is covering Models of Care in … Read More

Doula Contracts
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A common question new doulas ask is what they should put into their Birth Doula contract and how everything works with a contact. Talking about money and contracts can be uncomfortable for some people and I want to provide as … 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

Do you get your doula a gift?
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The short answer to this question is, “no.” The doula/client relationship is monetary. Clients are paying the doula for a service. Though it is a connected relationship of trust, which can blur the boundaries of the relationship. And you should … 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

How to Develop a Doula On-call Schedule
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The one question I hear most from Doulas starting out in the industry is: How to be on-call for a client? If someone has never been on an on-call schedule before for employment, this can seem like a daunting and scary element of being a birth doula. Rest assured, there are many options for on-call doula work and I want to talk about each type, their benefits and drawbacks.

Should I take a childbirth class?
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Sometimes taking a birthing class just doesn’t seem worth the time, energy, and sometimes, money, especially when information is so freely available on the internet.

A certified doula’s working birth plan
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In my course, I teach a different way of making birth plans.  These  birth plans allow for planning as well as flexibility.  It is also not just a list of things the mom wants, but a plan for both the … Read More

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

Alumni Interview: Amanda Rhodes
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Shadae interviewed Amanda Rhodes a New Beginnings Doula Training certified doula, and the organizer of It Takes a Village Prenatal and Postpartum Convention. Enjoy! Where are you from and tell us a little bit about your journey to be a … Read More

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