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Countertransference – Offering Doula Support Free of Emotional Entanglement

Countertransference – Offering Doula Support Free of Emotional Entanglement

By Kate Causbie Ask any doula why they do the work they do, and odds are that their answer will somehow integrate or reflect their own experiences around conception, birth, and early parenting. While this is a valuable insight into the source of their motivation and passion, doulas as professionals are largely unsupported in how […]

Ten Ideas to Celebrate International Doula Month 2017 and YOU

Ten Ideas to Celebrate International Doula Month 2017 and YOU

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE International Doula Month 2017 May is International Doula Month and a great time to celebrate the efforts that birth and postpartum doulas have on improving maternal-infant health outcomes.  Doulas work hard to offer the best of themselves to their clients, to their colleagues, to the health […]

Meet Samantha Hillstrom of L.A. Delivery Girls – A New Docuseries on Doulas

Meet Samantha Hillstrom of L.A. Delivery Girls – A New Docuseries on Doulas

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Last week a new docuseries– L.A. Delivery Girls was released by Verizon Media.  This show follows three millennial LA-based doulas as they juggle their friendships with one another, their families and personal lives with the pressures of helping expectant mothers deliver new babies.  Samantha Hillstrom is […]

The Best Meal Ever – The Joy of that First Postpartum Meal

The Best Meal Ever – The Joy of that First Postpartum Meal

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE The postpartum meal: an unusual hypothesis Birth can be transformative.  I have witnessed that time and time again as I have helped families welcome a small human(s) into the world.  After attending births for almost 15 years, I have also observed an unusual phenomenon and made […]

The Doula Difference: Lowering Cesarean Rates

The Doula Difference: 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 additional benefits along with these six published ones.  This month, […]

So You Want to Be a Midwife?

So You Want to Be a Midwife?

By Sharon Muza, BS, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), LCCE, FACCE, CLE Many reasons for becoming a doula As a birth doula trainer for many years,  I have learned that there are a variety of reasons that people take a birth doula workshop.  Some people want to support a friend or family member, others want to work professionally […]

ACOG Opinion on Limiting Interventions in Labor

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, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses which is a bit unusual and indicates the document supports normal birth. For […]

Ten Reasons I Love Being a Doula

Ten Reasons I Love Being a Doula

Is it your time to become a birth or postpartum doula? It’s an incredible calling! Recently, DONA International asked me to reflect on what doula life has meant to me. We spend so much time thinking about our clients’ needs– as it should be; but this is a sweet opportunity to reflect on all the […]