What Makes the Best Doula Training Program?
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For More Information on Pregnancy and Childbirth, Sign Up for Access to Our Childbirth Library.  Many doula training programs say that they provide a quality doula training program or are the best doula training, but what does that really mean? … 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

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

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

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

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.

Student Response: The Importance of Labor Support
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Here’s another excerpt from one of the homework assignment that I ask the students to complete. I reprint it here with the student’s permission. Excellent response! “When I was pregnant with my daughter, I desperately wanted a doula (a person … Read More

Touch in Labor and Birth
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I’m kind of cheating today because today is Sun:)  I’m stealing something I wrote years ago:)  But I liked the thought in it, so I hope you enjoy. One of my favorite comforting memories of my mother is when she … Read More

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