Postpartum

Trauma-informed Approach

What is trauma-informed? Be trauma-informed is to recognize that trauma is very common in people’s lives. Simply put, “There’s a story behind every person. There’s a reason why they are the way they are. They aren’t just like that because they want to be. Something in the past created them, and sometimes it is impossible …

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How To Become A Postpartum Doula And Why It Might Be Right For You

If you become a postpartum doula, you will have the opportunity to provide emotional, informational and physical support to a new family during one of the most important, memorable periods of change. Have you ever wondered if becoming a Postpartum Doula might be right for you? If so, then you’ve also wondered how to become …

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Updates to Our Postpartum Doula Scope of Practice

Laura Nance – CPD, CLD, CLE®, CCCE, CPFE, Faculty, Senior Program Advisor CAPPA recently made changes to the Postpartum Doula Scope of Practice.  These changes reflect the needs of postpartum doulas and the work they do with families. First, let’s talk about why a Scope of Practice is even necessary.  It comes down to two …

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5 Ways Postpartum Doulas Can Achieve Marketing Success Without Instagram

We all know we have to have a social media presence these days to market ourselves. It is a great way tell the world about us and the services and support we offer. There are many experts that will attest to this and please listen to them to get your presence felt. If you are …

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How to Find the Perfect Postpartum Doula Client!

7 Questions to Ask Your Future Client, and 7 Questions to Practice Answering as a Doula Having now done over 2000 interviews over the past 19 years (either in person or over the phone) I have been asked the same questions hundreds of times. Not surprisingly families often don’t know what to ask during an …

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Virtual Postpartum Visit Tips

Update 3/29/21: Check out some interviews with working Postpartum Doulas to gather more tips about working in the pandemic! Mary Kate Video Interview Shannon Sproule Video Interview Presentation Developed by Kimberly Bepler, Senior Program Advisor – Lactation Educator Program.  Download these slides as a PDF!

Teaching and Activities for Baby’s Development 0-12 Months

Although our roles as educators and doulas don’t typically extend for the first 12 months, I’ve found that parents LOVE learning about what’s coming, what to expect, and how to support their baby’s development.  Here is some information about physical, emotional, and cognitive development in the first year.  In 12 short months, there are leaps …

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Protecting Yourself and Your Clients as a Postpartum Doula During the COVID-19 Pandemic

These are unprecedented times as there has not been a serious health situation such as coronavirus/COVID-19 in recent history. This has left many postpartum doulas wondering how to handle in home support for clients. As evidence-based professionals, we want to follow the guidance of the most recent and relevant information; this could include the CDC, …

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Adjusting in the 4th Trimester—All Hands On Deck!

As a doula agency owner, I have the privilege of speaking with 30 or more new and expecting parents each week.  I hear their stories, their struggles, their excitement, their worries and a slew of myths and lies that they have been told and believed.  The lie that gets me every time is: EVERYONE DOES THIS ALONE!  …

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