were to practice as birth coaches that utilize coaching skills, we would have witnessed an increase in natural birth rates.
Just after I completed the training, three friends from high school contacted me and asked me to be their doula
In America doulas
are trained and accredited by a central organisation called Doulas
of North America (DONA) which has more than 5,500 birth and postpartum doula
Kansas City: Doulas
of Kansas City, Mona Snoderly, (913) 281-4808.
It is not primarily a guide for prospective doulas
-- though it does give a sense of the unique challenges and rewards of the role, one still largely filled by hospice volunteers; it's more of a companion for the dying and their families, and will also interest psychologists and anthropologists studying how we narrate the past and visualize the future.
I noticed a lot of mums talk a lot about their births and how disappointed they were by what happened," says doula
Lorna Phillip, 49 and a former nursery nurse from Handsworth Wood.
Being a doula
is one way I own my feminist identity and act upon the sense of responsibility I feel towards addressing reproductive health.
The author, Julie Brill, is an experienced doula
and offers her inspiration for the book: “As doulas
we have the opportunity to be there at the beginning, to literally fix it before it's broken, one mother, one baby, one family at a time.
Right when I was pushing Adina out, my doula
reminded me, 'It's a good time to pray,' " Shapiro told me in a recent email interview.
GARDNER -- The LaChance Maternity Center at Heywood Hospital is seeking volunteers for the Doula
Women who used doulas
have also shown lower incidences of postnatal depression.
Usually, a pregnant mum and her doula
will meet up a few times before the birth to get to know one another and to talk through what the mother would and would not like to happen during her labour and birth.