So It Begins.

In November, The North American Registry of Midwives accepted my application into the PEP program. That should really have about eleventy-one exclamation points behind it. After all, it is the ripening of a long-blossoming fruit. The result of  a dream hatched over seven years ago, when my youngest was just a baby. I called the…

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My Ideal Client.

Recently at an interview, I was asked the following question: “What is your ideal client, and why?” I think that might be one of the most intelligent questions I have ever been asked. I knew the answer immediately, and had to keep it short. As a doula, part of my training is to identify and…

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Life Lessons Found As A Doula

Being a doula has taught me… I have to disappoint people I love sometimes. At any moment, I may have to leave people I care about high and dry while I bolt to the side of a mother in labor. Babies don’t care about the date on the calendar. I will be growing and learning…

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Being A Doula

Being a doula, for me, is not about changing hospital policy, or steering women away from “bad” providers. It is not about disseminating information to every client. It’s not about birth plans. It’s not about informed consent. It’s not about vaginal birth, home birth, or cesarean birth. It’s not about statistics. It’s not about rebozos,…

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Book Review Friday: “Giving Birth” by Catherine Taylor

Giving Birth by Catherine Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is one of those books which I wish I would have taken notes throughout, to better enable me to review it accurately. Her tone, her writing style, and the content were all excellent. Her writing style is accessible, honest, frank, and open–the way…

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Doulas Benefit Care Providers, Too.

I’ve written a lot about the measurable benefits of trained labor support for women and their families, which is important. However, I believe firmly that doulas have great potential to benefit care providers and staff as well. As one more important piece of the birthing puzzle, doulas can either add to or detract from the…

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How To Find Moolah For a Doula.

So, you’ve read the literature, or seen the infographics on the measurable benefits to having continuous, trained labor support in the form of a doula. (You haven’t? Oh. Well, then. Click HERE to read the best, most recent evidence, then come back here and finish this post.) Based on that measurable evidence, you’ve decided that…

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Nuts & Bolts: What exactly am I paying my doula for?

Next to finding a good personality fit in a doula, financial concerns are probably the biggest factor in choosing which doula to hire, and many potential clients ask me exactly what the fee covers. In some ways, that’s an easy question to answer: “My fee covers x number of prenatals,  labor, birth, and immediate postpartum,…

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What You Need to Know About Birth Plans

As a doula, I require all of my clients to put together a birth plan, discuss it with their care provider, and to provide me a hard copy. I make very few exceptions to this requirement. I believe firmly that a birth plan is a critical piece of the puzzle in good perinatal care. As…

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Birthy Weekend Links

This weekend is coming up fast! What plans do you have? I have family coming in for a five-day visit, I’m on call for a midwife, and I’m trying to put together some bouquets for my sister’s upcoming wedding. In the meantime, here are a few things worth reading this weekend. Top Ten Ina May…

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