Yearly Archives: 2014

Doulas: fee or for free?

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The question can be different than: should people pay money for my doula services, or should my gift to the community be my service as a doula?  Whether a doula works for a fee or for free makes little difference.

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What is a DOULA for?

Doulas attend births to help everyone there help the woman in labor.

For  all the years I have worked as a doula people have asked “what IS a doula?”  This post answers that question. Here I describe some of my ways of providing the services of a birth doula. The general idea

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Working Moms Breastfeeding

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A colleague of mine, Cat Halek is an Infant Feeding Specialist (fka Lactation Counselor).  Cat talks with people about boobs, babies, and butts (the babies’ butts, because what goes in must come out ; ).  The conversations we have together about

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A Doula’s Thanksgiving

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Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting.  Mostly on the growth my doula practice has experienced this year.   That growth has been possible in part from support and feedback given by friends, business coaches, and colleagues.  Still what

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Why Am I Only A Birth Doula?

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SO, there is an ugly little habit that I’ve seen many birth doulas develop.  One that I have decided to avoid like a plague, or watching news reports of Ebola.  AND it’s the reason why I ONLY work as a

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What’s In My Doula Bag?

Every doula has a bag.  Whether we attend home births, hospital births, or birth center births.  Whatever kind of birth we are headed to we have a list of items we like having with us at each birth. Here is

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What Happens in Labor and Childbirth

Stages and Phases of Labor and Childbirth From Start to Finish

In an effort to help you stay informed and “in the know” when talking, or even listening to others talk, about labor and birth, here’s my breakdown of the stages and phases of labor and childbirth… First Stage: when the

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Miscarriage: One Client’s Story

Miscarriage: Pregnacy and Infant Loss

“Give thanks to the little spirit that tried.” That’s one thing I told my first client that miscarried.  It was her first pregnancy.  She and her husband had waited until the time was right in their lives.  They had been

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Pregnancy Photo Shoot: Yes or No?

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I have had the pleasure of sitting down with the best pregnancy photographer in my area, Brandi Morris.  (Enchanted Forest Photography’s Sheri Kendrick takes the cake for best baby photog in town!)  Through our conversation my opinion of pregnancy photo

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Dear Doula: MORNING Sickness ?!?

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Remember “Dear Abby” columns which gave women, and men, advice on just about anything?  Well, here is my version, “Dear Doula” for answers to many questions pregnant women, and their partners, often ask…starting with morning sickness! This morning, I received

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