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

What a Doula Does
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Rachel had the opportunity to sit down with two of our New Beginnings people, Jessiqua and Amanda, and discuss how they talk about what a Doula does. The Elevator Pitch Can you describe what you do in just a few … Read More

The doula role in unassisted childbirth
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“Living Room Conversations offers a simple, sociable and structured way to practice communicating across differences while building understanding and relationships.” www.livingroomconversations.org New Beginnings Doula Training feels learning to listen and learn from each other is an integral part of being … Read More

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. Download a copy of our discussion questions: Resources Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity by Bruce … 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

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