The Doula: Latest Trend in NYC Delivery Rooms

Massage. Acupuncture. Nutrition counseling. Encouragement.Education. Exotic services. Sound like a new-age health spa? No. It's delivery room. All these things come by way of a doula.

Medicaid Coverage of Birth Doulas May Reduce C-Section Rates

Birth doulas are not officially medical providers but they are trained to provide support during labor and delivery. According to a recent study, Medicaid patients who received care from birth doulas were less likely to have caesarean sections.

Doulas and Midwives

Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Doulas: They Aren't Just for Labor

In traditional cultures around the world, new mothers observe a lying in period for weeks after they give birth. During this time they rest and recover from birth, nurse their babies, and eat nutritious foods.

What is an Infertility Doula?

Infertility doulas are quickly gaining popularity as the go-to support system for women fighting the uphill battle of prolonged infertility.

Doulas and their Role in Pregnancy

A doula is a nonmedical person to help mom through the birthing process with her emotional and physical needs. Comforting, caring and understanding, the doula essentially mothers the mom-to-be.

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.

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.

Mila Kunis Baby: Sauerkraut, Russian, Doula, and "A Little Help"

Mila Kunis really is pregnant with Ashton Kutcher's baby. The rumor mill has been working overtime the last few months but Mila's appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show put all rumors to rest.

How To Increase Your Chances of Birthing Vaginally - Part 2

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

The Judgy Breastfeeder

Once upon a time... there was a very judgmental birth doula.


As a doula and future perinatologist, I have seen childbirth from a variety of perspectives. Though my passion for obstetrics has never wavered, my view on it is ever-evolving.

Should You Hire a Doula?

Birth doulas are trained labor coaches who can assist you through your labor emotionally and physically. Unlike a midwife, doulas can stay right by your side in the hospital room.

Birth is Not a Spectator Sport, But You May Need a Coach

My favorite thing I heard during this experience was when a woman asked how many people were permitted in the delivery room at the time of birth. Her attending midwife replied, “birth is not a spectator sport.”

Assisted Breathing

Whether the woman has chosen a natural childbirth or a labor with pain medication, breathing is essential to the health of the baby during this stressful time.

Choosing the Best Labor Coach

All 40 weeks of pregnancy boils down to one moment ' labor. A laborcoach is someone who's there to keep mom on track, get dad's head out of the clouds and even help keep family members informed and appeasedduring the birthing process.

Labor and Delivery: Birthing Choices

The traditional birthing choice in the United States involves having a doctor-assisted delivery in a hospital setting. Despite the popularity of the traditional hospital birth, there are other birthing options women may want to consider.

Labor Support: What to Bring to the Birth

The labor support person or team is elected to be the main caregiver, outside of doctors and nurses. The support role is important during the entire birthing process.