Hypnobirthing: Fight or Flight and the Perception of Pain
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Student Response by Cara Koehlerth (Editor Note: This was first submitted as an assignment in our program. This student’s response is reprinted here with her permission.) There are many different types of birthing classes & theories designed to explain labor … Read More

A Hands-On Doula with a Distinct Perspective
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Annie is a student who began her training earlier this year. She brings to our program a perspective on childbirth that is perhaps a little more hands on than most. Here’s how she introduced herself to us:

Doula Brochures from Students
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Early on in our birth doula training program, we ask students to complete an assignment that asks them create a handout explaining the role of a doula. This in turn allows our students to have piece of marketing material to … Read More

Midwifery vs. Medical Model of Care
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In this post we are featuring an assignment from one of our most-recently certified doulas, Holly from Louisiana. This particular assignment (assignment 1.1 from unit 1 in the main course — available in the free course preview) addresses the difference … Read More

Personal Birth Plan for Anemia
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One of our students prepared a birth plan for a client who would be dealing with anemia (a deficiency of red blood cells typically resulting in weariness) during her labor. With our student’s permission we are reproducing her plan on … Read More

Delayed Cord Clamping Comparison
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One of our students recently completed an assignment in the childbirth course on delayed cord clamping. As a part of her assignment, she included the picture featured here of twins born vaginally in the hospital. Baby A (on the left) … Read More

Student Response for Personalized Birth Plans
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In one of our assignment in the main doula course, we ask our students to take into consideration the medical diagnosis of their patient while developing a personalized birth plan.  What follows is the response that we got from one … Read More

Student Response: Why I Choose to Become a Doula
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Here is a unique student response to one of our course assignments where we discuss what encouraged the student to pursue their interest in doula training: I was a ‘young mum.’ I fell pregnant at 18 and had my son … Read More

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

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