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The Doula Magic: Lowering Cesarean Rates

By Jessica English, CD/BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE The research on doulas is solid.  Doulas improve outcomes for both parents and babies.  Over the next six months, this blog will examine the six documented benefits of having a doula at one’s birth. We know that there are...

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Natural Childbirth – Are The Times A Changin’?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Language Evolves I know that contemporary phrases and popular terms change over time.  My teen children and their interesting vocabulary are a constant reminder of that for me.  Frequently, I seem to hear words...

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ACOG Opinion on Limiting Interventions in Labor

The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a new Committee Opinion: Approaches to Limit Intervention During Labor and Birth. This Opinion was endorsed by the The American College of Nurse–Midwives and the Association of Women’s Health,...

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Hospital Cesarean Rates: What You Should Know

Does the hospital where someone gives birth impact their chances of having a cesarean birth? Consumer Reports has raised this very question following an investigation into the c-section rates at hospitals across the country. We talked with Doris Peter, PhD, Director...

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Premature Babies and the Postpartum Doula

Supporting a family with a premature baby bring special considerations, challenges, and opportunities for doulas. We have previously shared tips for birth doulas in When a Premature Birth Seems Likely. Here postpartum doula trainer Kathrin Auger shares her insights to...

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When a Premature Birth Seems Likely

By Adrianne Gordon, MBA, CD(DONA), Blog Manager This month we recognize Prematurity Awareness Month with tips for doulas supporting families at risk for premature birth.  Whether you are a new doula or have years of experience, we hope these reminders and resources...

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6 Ways Doulas Can Support Families Planning VBACs

By Jen Kamel, Founder/Director VBAC Facts Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) rates have been slowly rising in America the last few years as more and more women become familiar with the option. (1; 2) However, our latest statistics reflect still that only 11% of women...

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ACOG Updates: What Doulas Should Know

Effectively serving clients requires doulas to stay informed on changes in maternity care practices and guidelines. While we are not clinicians, we do provide up-to-date, evidence-based information to the families we support. Staying informed of policies and...

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Best of the ID: Penny Reflects on 12 Hour Contract Clauses

There has been much conversation in the doula community about contract language which outlines a specific number of hours of labor support included in the base fee and how to address support beyond that period of time.  In the most recent International Doula magazine,...

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ACOG: OBs Can Prevent Lacerations During Vaginal Births

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a new Practice Bulletin “Prevention and Management of Obstetric Lacerations at Vaginal Delivery” providing guidelines and recommendations for care providers. This new Practice Bulletin replaces a...

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The Role of Doulas in Reducing the Primary Cesarean

The rise in cesarean birth rates and the effects of cesarean birth on mother and baby have become common themes in articles about birth and medical care. It seems everyone from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to Consumer Reports to...

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The 8 Best Steps To Take After Your Doula Workshop

Your doula workshop (also called doula training) is an important first step in your journey to become a birth or postpartum support professional. Once you’ve attended your training, there are several steps to undertake before completing certification. We asked DONA International approved birth doula trainer Penny Stansfield…

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Conference Sneak Peek: Advanced Peanut Ball Techniques

Photo courtesy of Premier Birth Tools Cheri Grant is known as The Peanut Ball Lady, and her mission is to teach the world about the effectiveness of peanut balls (peanut-shaped exercise balls) in labor. She trains other professionals to become authorized peanut ball...

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