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Monday, August 20th

The ProDoula Diamond Award

This time of year, we like to talk about diamonds. Specifically, the prestigious Diamond Award. Diamonds are rare and beautiful, highly valued around the world and often used to symbolize things that mean the most to us. The diamond has stood the test of time, transforming from intense pressure and heat, coming out the other […]

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Calling it Breastfeeding is Problem #1

As we all know, infant feeding is repeatedly sexualized. Over and over again, breastfeeding parents are condemned for exposing their instruments for feeding, or… breasts, in public. Breasts, you know… similar to udders on cows.

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Ambulate in Labor? What the Heck is That?

If you spend a lot of time reading birth related blogs and facebook posts, you might occasionally come across a word that makes you scratch your head a bit. Then you might mozy over to good ol’ Google and see what’s up. So to save you a few extra browser tabs and some typing, to […]

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Amniotic Sac? Bag of Waters? It’s Plural?

The human body is a fascinating thing. Not only do we have the capacity to grow another human being, we also grow the system to do so. This system includes the placenta, umbilical cord, amniotic sac, and amniotic fluid. The amniotic sac consists of two parts. The inner part that surrounds the amniotic cavity, including […]

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Episiotomy: CUT IT OUT!

The E word can make a grown woman cross her legs and cringe in revulsion. Pregnant women are often terrified of it. And with good reason. We’re talking about episiotomy. An episiotomy is a surgical cut to the delicate tissues between the vaginal opening and the anus. They are performed during childbirth when more space […]

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What’s in Your Doula Bag – Let’s Break it Down

The “What” of Your Doula Bag: This mysterious, ever present item/idea/tool carrier, called your doula bag, that we have long been taught is the necessary sidekick to a truly prepared and skilled Doula. It is the source of endless questions by new doulas: “​What​ items do you put in your doula bag??” It is a […]

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Doulas destigmatize “Eyes and Thighs”

Eyes and Thighs and Parent’s OH MYS! When I was a new doula, I brought a lot of preconceived notions and personal bias to the table. There were times, I am ashamed to admit, I came to prenatal visits with my own list of “shoulds and shouldn’ts” for my client. I felt justified because some […]

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Doula Business, The Best Communicators are the Best Listeners

After taking a doula training, one of the first things on any new doula’s mind is how to find doula clients. And the answer lies in being one of the best communicators possible! You want to help improve birth and the postpartum period, and you know that you could do it, if only you could […]

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea; An Herbal Supplement for Labor

In the days before I was a professional doula, I was a retail manager at a health food co-op. I spent my free time teaching myself about different healing modalities and natural folk remedies. I was drawn to the fact that, in theory, if you have the right information, there is a world of medicine […]

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Prolactin & Oxytocin: The Build Up & The Let Down

As doulas, we have probably come to expect certain things following birth. The feeling of welcoming new life into the world is always indescribable. The need for a good post-birth meal should never be ignored. And our clients will be dealing with some serious postpartum hormones. These things are just a given. And if your client […]

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