Natural Induction Methods: Blue Cohosh
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Blue Cohosh for the Induction of Labor (To learn the early signs of labor and how to cope with them, Click Here!) What it is: Blue Cohosh is a plant that was used by Native Americans for many reasons, including … 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

What is the difference between a doula and other healthcare providers?
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Often people feel like the role a doula plays can or should be done by other healthcare workers. While this would be nice, in reality it is very difficult for healthcare workers to provide good medical care and good labor … Read More

How to Provide Supportive Care During Pushing
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I was taught purple pushing as a nurse.  That’s what they call the way the pushing stage is done in the hospital.  The woman is on her back with her legs being held up.  She holds her breathe and pushes … 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

More on Validation during Birth
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(Originally Published December 22, 2011) In one post I did, I mentioned the importance of validation during labor and birth.  I then asked that you think about ways that you can validate women during labor.  As I thought about this, … 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

Student Response: Why I Want to Become a Doula!
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A student describes how she followed her passion to become a doula and support women through their labor.  She is now able to provide support, compassion, and comfort to birthing women as a doula.  For more information on how to … Read More

Doula Advocates and Ways of Communicating
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A few months ago, I wrote a post about what it means to be an advocate as a doula.  It focused on the idea that communication with the entire birth team (your client, medical providers, and other support people), is … Read More

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