The Life of a Doula

i Jul 17th No Comments by

I so often get asked “So, like, what do you do, you know, while you wait for a birth?” Good question, my friend. And one I asked myself multiple times in the early days of my doulaing. In fact, I remember texting my doula after I had become a doula and was on-call and waiting for my client to request me. My text said something like “Oh my goodness, how do you not drive yourself crazy waiting for a call to a birth?!” And I was serious. Here I was, a new doula, anxiously waiting the we’re-ready-for-you call and I […]

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Out of the Darkness and Into the Light: My Postpartum Story

i Feb 28th 2 Comments by

by Hallie Rogers, PCD(DONA), CLC Most of us have heard many “birth stories”: narratives parents weave to commemorate the arrival of a new baby. Typically beginning with early labor, birth stories are the emotional and factual account of how a new little human was birthed, and can be an important part of a woman processing her own agency, role, and part in that story. My husband and I have had three beautiful births, each different than the others. While we treasure our memories of those life-changing nights and days, in my experience, it’s my postpartum stories that have truly influenced […]

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A year of supporting birth adventures: A Doula’s reflection

i Mar 26th 3 Comments by

by Samantha Chadwick   So this week is World Doula Week. And I am just a few days away from celebrating the birthday of the first baby whose birth I attended as a doula. I am so grateful to have been invited by families this year to support them on their adventures.   And OH how far I have come! I remember nervously peeking around the corner of the wall in my house to try and watch the birth videos on my yoga DVD while I was pregnant. Now, I cry and laugh and breathe and moan alongside laboring women […]

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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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The Path Toward the Rest of My Life: Birth Story of Identical Twin Boys

i May 6th 2 Comments by

Nothing about my pregnancy went according to plan. After nearly 12 years of marriage and completion of my clinical social work graduate program, my husband Mitch and I decided it was finally time for us to start thinking about a family. Part of me always knew I’d have twins and so when I began dreaming of twins in the 5th week of my pregnancy, I had a feeling then that something magical was happening. And when I would talk to “baby” in my tummy, every cell in my body said, “That’s not right!” So I always talked to “babies” instead, just in […]

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Waiting for this moment to arise: A healing VBAC induction

i Apr 16th 5 Comments by

by Ashley Ashbacher, MSW, CD(DONA) The birth of my first child was not what I expected. A lot of what happened was traumatic for me and several days of labor ended when my daughter was born surgically.  It took me a long time to heal both physically and emotionally following her birth. I knew that when I had another child wanted to have a VBAC and I wanted it to be a waterbirth. I decided to see Dr. Hartung with Hudson Physicians for my prenatal care and was planning on having a water birth. At 30 weeks pregnant I was […]

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Cesarean Awareness: A Doula’s Humble Reflection

i Apr 10th 1 Comment by

by Erin Stertz-Follett, CLD, LCCE, HBCE   My journey into birth began 10 years ago after the birth of my first nephew, Micah. I wouldn’t fully embrace birth as my calling until many years later, after the birth of my own two girls and the ‘birth’ of the passion inside me to bring services of meaning to pregnant women and their families. I will never forget that moment. After an induction that lasted more than 24 hours, and “arrest of descent” of the baby during pushing, my sister was told that she would need a cesarean section. I watched as […]

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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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