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

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

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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          What is a Doula?   The thought of labor and birth can be a very scary thought for many women.  Images of hospitals, fear, being alone, and pain can fill our thoughts and create a … Read More

5 Videos of Singing During Labor
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I love music.  Music has a way of bringing me peace that nothing else can, and I even sang at one of my children’s births as a way to work through my contractions.  Research has verified the ability of music … Read More

Doulas improve birth outcomes
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Recently describe by ACOG as one of the most effective tools to improve birth outcomes, doulas help provide both physical and emotional support during labor. Safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery. Obstetric Care Consensus No. 1. American College of … 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

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

Student Response: Purpose of Labor Support
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This comes from an assignment one of my students turned in about the purpose of labor support.  I felt it was a good description of the roles of doulas. “The purpose of labor support is to provide mothers with a … Read More

Our Commitment to the Professional Doula
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Our commitment to the Professional Doula Download Doula Statement of Professionalism (pdf) A month ago, I came out with a statement on the Professionalism of Doula Education and Care.  Written to offer an industry standard for the professional doula, it … Read More

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