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Postpartum Doula

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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The Time I dropped my Baby Son: A “Bad” Parenting Moment

James, my second born, was 5 weeks old. I switched his position in the sling (standing on grass, luckily), and he slithered through to the ground. He was crying and definitely stunned, but otherwise okay. I was not okay. I felt like an idiot and the worst parent in the world.  It took me a while to …

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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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THANKSGIVING IS NOT A REASON FOR INDUCTION OF BIRTH

You are almost ready to give birth. You are exhausted and praying for labor to begin. Then your doctor says he can induce your labor so you can have your baby before Thanksgiving Holiday. BEWARE!!! Although this sounds great, it may be your worst nightmare. Labor induction is not always a cakewalk. In fact, many times, once …

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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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