Category Archives: Do I need a Doula?

“If a Doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

Dr. Marshall Klaus, MD, co-author of  Mothering the Mother

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How to Find Your Doula

Get referrals. Ask your childbirth class teacher, friends, and your care provider. Check online. Well here you are. Check. Visit organization’s websites that train and certify doulas, such as DONA.org. Interview several doulas before choosing one. Interviews can take place … Continue reading

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Do You Doula? Video Documentary

This YouTube video by Birth Matters Virginia discusses the roles of doulas during childbirth. Hear from care providers, doulas, and couples who have used doulas. Watch here: DoYouDoula?

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Now a Certified Doula!

After 15 months, my journey of seeking doula certification is over! The week before Christmas 2009 I sent my complete doula certification packet into DONA. It was amazing how the time opened up in the normally busy weeks before Christmas … Continue reading

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Your Doula Interview

As stated in DONA’s position paper: What training have you had? Tell me about your experience with birth, personally and as a doula. What is your philosophy about birth and supporting women and their partners through labor? May we meet … Continue reading

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Mayflower Babe

Thanksgiving and Christmas births. Continue reading

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Planning on laboring without pain medication?

Some suggestions to help you minimize or eliminate the use pain medication: – gather a supportive birth team, which could include a doula, and practice relaxation and comfort measures with them before labor – be sure that medical staff knows … Continue reading

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Planning a VBAC: in honor of Cesarean Awareness Month, the month of April

In encouraging women who are considering planning a VBAC, I recommend ICAN (Internation Cesarean Awareness Network: http://ican-online.org). In exploring their pages further I found this fantastic list of the best way to prepare for a VBAC. I love that they also identify that although you can plan, we can’t predict what will actually happen. Some mother’s planned VBAC will become a CBAC. And this ok. I especially love the parts in the following about following The Brewer Diet, educating yourself through books and a preparation course, using a doula:), and relying on more non-medical methods to aid in labor. Here’s their list: Continue reading

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Natural, medicated, homebirth, or hospital birth; you may still want a Doula.

A doula is not only trained or experienced in homebirth or unmedicated births. Doulas are trained to support women and their partners through many different birth experiences and situations. Every woman, even if she is planning a medicated labor and … Continue reading

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Is a Doula like a Midwife or Doctor?

No.  A doula is not a medical professional, although she works in a field that is usually associated with conventional medicine.  A doula is trained to be very knowledgeable about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postnatal period, and can provide … Continue reading

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