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ESSENCE OF BEING A DOULA

The direct translation of the Greek word doula is “of service” or “servant.” This term was originally coined by anthropologist Dana Rafael in the 1970s in her book The Tender Gift. This book extolled the benefits of a woman to woman support after birth, particularly with breastfeeding and recovery. Over the years the role of the doula has expanded. The …

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FEEDING BABY: BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING / RISKS OF FORMULA

Benefits and Risks There is breastmilk and there is formula. These are the two substances to choose from when feeding a baby. There are some very distinct differences between the two. There is no comparison. Breastmilk has the perfect composition for your baby to digest at whatever stage of development they are at.   Most of …

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POSTPARTUM DOULA: NINE ROLES DEFINED

The postpartum doula has been around longer than I have been at it (1991), yet there are still many people who don’t know what a doula is. There is often much confusion with a midwife, who is clinically trained. Many doulas worked hard to get doula into the dictionary. Online Meriam Webster’s says: “a woman who is …

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FATHER INFANT BONDING: BATH TIME, DIAPER TIME AND MORE

A father and a mother interact differently with their baby. Father interaction contributes to the growth and development of the baby in many ways. When fathers spend time with their newborn baby, they are more likely to spend more time with them as they grow. I first learned of this when I viewed the video Amazing …

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