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How can I be sure I'm hiring the right doula?

I'm trying to decide whether or not to hire a doula for my next birth. Do you think they really help. Any tips for how to pick the right doula? ... more »
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What Can't Doulas Do?

Birth doulas can be an extremely valuable source of support to mothers before, during and just after childbirth. Doulas, however, are not trained medical providers, and thus, there are limits on what they can and cannot do. ... more »
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Doulas Sharing What We've Learned the Hard Way

Times have changed and the doula profession has grown up. I don’t spend nearly as much time as I used to explaining that doulas provide professional labor support. ... more »
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Make Home Birth Safer

We are a citizen-led coalition of home birth families, midwives, doctors & advocates who have come together to work toward a better, safer homebirth system. ... more »
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Reflections of a Teenage Doula

I became a doula because I wanted to combine helping young mothers with getting experience in the field of obstetrics. I began attending births as a doula when I was 16, and given that I was so young, I focused on working with teen moms. ... more »
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Ten Steps to Becoming a Super Doula

This week I’m celebrating World Doula Week and thinking about suggestions I share with new doulas at my trainings. Here are my top ten suggestions for becoming a super labor doula. ... more »
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If I'd Had a Home Birth

I sometimes wonder what my feelings about home birth would be now if we would have gone through with our home birth plans. ... more »
Midwife or Doula

Doula or Midwife: Which is Best for You?

Before you finish your second trimester of pregnancy, someone will probably ask if you plan to use the services of a doula or midwife. With all the health-care decisions you have to make during pregnancy, deciding whether to use a doula or midwife can feel like another overwhelming task. ... more »
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The Judgy Breastfeeder

Once upon a time... there was a very judgmental birth doula. ... more »
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How To Increase Your Chances of Birthing Vaginally - Part 2

Here are more suggestions on how to increase your chances of a vaginal birth. ... more »