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

What Is a Doula?
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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 lot of anxiety for those who are new to birth … 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

Why Get Certified as a Doula
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Doula work is a largely unregulated field, which has allowed it to expand and diversify in many different ways.  Because of this, credentialing and certification are not required, and many doulas wonder why there is even a need.  So the … Read More

Labor Support and Doula Education
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Education, along with compassion, is the foundation for the New Beginnings program. We are dedicated to providing high quality labor support and doula education for our students, as well as for women, doulas, and other birthworkers.  We provide three levels … Read More

Misconceptions about Doulas
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Misconception about doulas #1: Women laboring with an epidural do not need a doula. Reality: Doulas can give help through labor, birth and postpartum.  This includes providing information, emotional care, and physical comfort. Even though they experience less pain, fear … 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

A Doula Trainer’s Birth Story, Part III – Labor Support
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I’ve been contemplating this post for a while as I’ve thought about my previous births. With my first five children, I didn’t have a doula.  Before I began working as a doula, I had heard about what a doula does, … Read More

Student Response: Why I Want to Become a Doula!
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This is another response from one of my students on why they wanted to be a doula.  I felt this described the importance of doulas from personal experience, and why having a doula around helps, even if other support people … Read More

Doulas for C-Section Patients
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We recently took a moment to discuss the importance of having a doula present at births were medical intervention is either planned or unplanned. Specifically, we discuss the need for doulas especially during c-sections.

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