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Helping Clients Embrace Medical Intervention

I am betting THAT got your attention!  As labor doulas, as childbirth educators, we spend much of our time helping clients who have asked us to help them avoid routine medical intervention.  Not every couple who attends childbirth classes or hires a doula wants an unmedicated birth, but it has been my experience that most …

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Newborn Stem Cells as a Potential Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Review of Recent Publications and a Look Ahead to Ongoing Clinical Trials

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a childhood developmental disorder that impacts language abilities and social interactions, and can cause involuntary, repetitive behavior.[1] In the United States, about 1 in 59 children is currently affected by ASD.[2] An exact cause of ASD still has not been discovered. However, some research suggests that a dysfunctional immune system …

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Winning Your Interviews!

People ask me frequently how to get doula jobs and specifically how to seal the interview. These are capable people with skills; they just really want to know how to shine during a time of high anxiety in anticipation of getting a job (or not)! I also frequently hear the “You’re not the doula for …

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Moving from Imagination to Reality – Achieving the CAPPA Vision

The CAPPA Vision Imagine a world…Where women are encouraged to trust their bodies. Where myths about pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and breastfeeding are dispelled. Imagine a world…Where women are given the tools they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and breastfeeding experiences. Imagine a world…Where education does not use guilt …

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Breastfeeding Support Equals Breastfeeding Success

The majority of families plan on breastfeeding.  In the United States alone, 81.1% initiate breastfeeding in the hospital.  Unfortunately, little is being done to help families reach their goals if breastfeeding issues arise or if mothers have to be separated from their infants.  In fact, most medical professionals will recommend formula feeding in these situations.  …

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Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces Influences Breastfeeding Duration

The percentage of mothers returning to work after delivery within 3 months has increased in the last 50 years. [1]  With 1 in 4 women returning to work within 10 days after birth, one-third returning after three months, and another third by six months. [2]  Working mothers continue to be among the fastest growing segment …

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5 Tips for Supporting a Home Birth Labor Doula Client

I came into doula work shortly after the birth of my first son who was a #borderbaby. I was one of the few Alabama woman who choose to birth across the state line to Tennessee to receive care from a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and have an out-of-hospital (OOH) birth. This choice was easy for …

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Here and Now: Guiding Our Clients into the Present Moment

The act of bringing your mind into the present moment—meditation, mindfulness, centering, or whatever term you use to describe it—is a tool we all have at our disposal to help manage stress and anxiety. But the term “meditation” can be intimidating to many, as it congers up an image of a robed Buddhist Monk or …

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Transforming Pain as Doulas

What is childbirth, really?  Is it just about getting a baby out?  Of course not!  It’s also about becoming a family and working hard to discover what our bodies are brilliantly capable of.  As doulas, it’s our job to see our clients through the process, to witness their transformation before our eyes, as they dig …

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