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Posts Tagged "doula"

Let go, Surrender, Open to, Welcome, Say Yes to Life !

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Blog Posts |

Let go, Surrender, Open to, Welcome, Say Yes to Life !

When I was a little girl I thought I could do anything, be anyone, that I possessed limitless, magical powers, and anything I could conjure or dream, could be mine. The doorway to any adventure I could devise seemed wide open, available, and welcoming me to step inside. My small limber body, bursting to overflowing with aliveness could take on any form needed. It could jump and run, bend and twist, mold and form into any shape necessary to fit into and fill any place I needed to go. I could...

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In Response to the recent NY Times article, “Doulas, a Growing Force in Maternity Culture, Seek Greater Acceptance”, by Anemona Hartocollis February 10,2015

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog Posts |

In Response to the recent  NY Times article, “Doulas, a Growing Force in Maternity Culture, Seek Greater Acceptance”, by Anemona Hartocollis February 10,2015

The more I see this article posted, the more disappointed I feel. As a birth doula who has started and directed both hospital based, and private birth and postpartum doula programs, with 16 years of experience, over 900 births attended, and 20 some odd years as a massage therapist and holistic healthcare professional, I have to say this is not one of my favorite doula articles. I am not thrilled about hearing doulas compared with the doorman or Amazon prime. I am also not happy with the way...

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“What is Your Track Record?”

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog Posts |

“What is Your Track Record?”

Recently I was asked a question by an expectant mother who called to inquire into birth doula services. “What is your track record”, she asked, “for realizing unmedicated vaginal birth outcomes, versus medicated births, as well as cesareans?” This question, I must admit, caused a very strong emotional response, and I have been musing on it since yesterday. It made me think firstly that it was interesting that she asked this question very openly and forthrightly, a few do. Most leave this as an...

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Doula or Birth Guardian?

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Doula or Birth Guardian?

I have often thought that I am just not really enamoured of the name “doula”, for the service I provide. I am also not too crazy about being named after the top “servant in the household”, as doula is explained to describe. Yes, I do serve and support my clients, but I believe a doula’s role is so much more than either the terms “doula”, or “servant” represent. In my mission statement I have likened the role of a doula to that of the Native American Faitherkeeper. “In the Native American...

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The Beauty and Necessity of Vulnerability in Birth

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Blog Posts |

The Beauty and Necessity of Vulnerability in Birth

Our American culture loves sensationalism and loves to scare women about childbirth. Women who have already given birth can be experts at zeroing in on unsuspecting and unfortunate others, whose blossoming bellies they take as an invitation to recount their carefully crafted birth horror stories. Even family members, friends, and coworkers jump on the scarey birth story band wagon and relate not only their fear conjuring stories, but their idea of “the only right way” to give birth. The media...

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