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More Women Depressed and Anxious Due to Covid 19

There has been a definite rise in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders since Covid 19 struck our planet.  The headlines and front pages don’t always give you the news about important matters.  Mental health is still a taboo subject, and widely misunderstood. Pregnant women, and those that are brand new mothers can experience a perinatal …

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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. the essence of being a doula is about being present The …

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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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