Gender Identity and the Doula
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We had two great conversations about how we as doulas can honor and respect people and their gender identity during labor and birth. Resources Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce Bagemihl, Ph.D. https://www.badoulatrainings.org/courses/queer-trans-reproductive-support https://www.kingyaa.co.za/birthing-beyond-the-binary https://www.inspiredbirthpro.com/lgbtqia-inclusive-pregnancy-birth-care/ https://www.apadivisions.org/division-44/resources/advocacy/non-binary-facts.pdfhttps://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/transgender.htm https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pregnancy-health/trans-and-nonbinary-people-can-be-pregnant-too/ … Read More

Misconceptions about Doulas
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Nowadays, most people have at least heard about doulas. But there are still many misunderstandings about what they actually do when serving a laboring family. Here are some of the top misconceptions we have heard. Misconception about doulas #1: Laboring … Read More

Webinar: Abuse Survivors and Childbirth
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Abuse Survivors and Childbirth This webinar discusses working with survivors of abuse and the unique set of challenges that presents with childbirth.  Specific topics include: The need to create safety and control Prenatal preparation Discussing the topic with the care … Read More

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 “births that are planned not to be assisted by professional healthcare providers”(MacDonald et al.), and an “absence of an expert, rather than complete solitude”.  This is different than, what is called, “born upon arrival“.  … Read More

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

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