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I am Your Doula: A Poem

i Mar 24th 2 Comments by

  I don’t work a typical 9-5 shift I am on call 24/7 It is not uncommon to spend a day away from my own family I get to witness your special moments and see you become a family When you are happy, I am happy When you are sad, I feel sadness too I live for that next surge and the next phase of labor I live to see the moment when you meet your precious child I put all my energy, time, tears, and joys into your special day I am overjoyed to be a part of your […]

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Journeying with mothers when you are not: Reflections from a doula without children

i Mar 22nd 5 Comments by

by Karen Schultz, CD(DONA) In pre-natal meetings or in the early hours of labor I learn a surprising amount about my clients, and they about me.  Inevitably, our conversations turn to family, the birthing stories of our mothers, and the dreams for our own babies. There is always a thoughtful pause in the conversation when they ask, “Do you have children?” I smile and always offer the same response: “No…not yet.” It is often the case that a woman comes to work as a doula after experiencing her own labors and realizing what a benefit that extra support was or could […]

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Eat, Pray, Doula: A Doula’s Journey in Bali

i Mar 24th 1 Comment by

by Karen Bruce, AAHCC I am writing from a hotel room in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, awestruck by the experiences of the past 10 days, still overcome with emotion at the intense connections formed among a group of strangers in that time, and brimming with anticipation for my future birth work.  I just attended Eat Pray Doula 2014 in Ubud, Bali Indonesia with 27 of the most beautiful birth keepers you have ever met.   What better place to celebrate World Doula Week than in SouthEast Asia with such a diverse group of women?  We represented at least 11 countries and […]

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Celebrate and Share World Doula Week 2014!

i Mar 23rd 1 Comment by

March 22-28 is World Doula Week! Did you know that just recently, ACOG and SMFM (American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists & the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine) named doula support as one of the most important and most underutilized tools in preventing cesareans in first-time mothers? This is just one of the amazing, research-based benefits of doula support. So if you are a doula, used and loved a doula, or just want to shout the doula love from the rooftops, feel free to comment here and share these graphics on social media! We here at The Childbirth Collective are […]

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