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  1. I'm Pregnant
    Does anyone have recommendations for a doula that doesn’t refer to women as “birthing people” in the Pittsburgh area?
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi ladies! I’m US Costa Rican. Born and raised in CR and consider Colorado a second home! I joined the community to offer my services as a Doula, mainly to foreign women who need help navigating the system!
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    Birth is a very personal matter, and entering the sacred feminine space that surrounds birth is a privilege. On paper, Kelly Carrington looks similar to the other 12,000 doulas that have been certified through DONA International, the world's largest accrediting organization of doulas. The busy...
  4. Baby
    Courtney Alva, doula, doesn't leave moms side. Courtney is a doula in the Houston, TX area. (Photo credit: Bump 2 Baby Birth Photography) When I first started teaching natural birth classes, years ago, I rarely mentioned doulas in my class. I personally had never had a doula at any of my births...
  5. Doulas
    Hello Everyone!! I am a birthing and postpartum doula serving the dmv area, willing to travel if needed. I wanted to connect with some other doulas and potential clients. I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year!! :smile:
  6. Baby
    It's International Day of the Midwife, and worldwide, women are celebrating the wonderful presence midwives have in our birth stories. Here are five reasons midwives make life better! 1. Midwives can lead to better birth outcomes. A recent study, the first of its kind, showed that when...
  7. Other
    It's no secret that maternal health in the United States is in crisis. New York State is taking steps to address the problem, including adding Medicaid coverage for doula services. New York State ranks 30th in the nation for the lowest mortality rate. While this is a vast improvement from its...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    To say that I was naïve during my first pregnancy is an understatement. But then again, who really knows what they are doing before having a baby? I swear that I must have been a Boy Scout in a former life because I live their motto day-in-and-day-out: Be prepared. When I became pregnant for...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    Choosing who to invite to the birth of your child is not just about who wants to see the baby first. It's about who is going to be there to care for you during one of the most challenging and important moments in your life - it's about who is going to mother you. Simply put, women need...
  10. Pregnancy & Birth
    Toni Botas became a doula after her own traumatic birth experience. In the minutes after the birth of her first baby, Botas nearly died. The trauma of that experience shaped the rest of her life. "What happened in the span of 10 minutes following my birth has taken me YEARS to mentally and...
  11. Pregnancy & Birth
    Birth plans are important and popular, but writing them can also have unintended consequences. Consider these six tips while you plan your birth. 1. Be mindful of making a plan that will feel good no matter what. Too often I hear about people who wrote a birth plan only to painfully watch each...
  12. Pregnancy & Birth
    To become a doula was my destiny. The role resonates so strongly with me - I guide women to follow their instincts, trust their bodies, and believe in their inherent strength. The first time I heard the word "doula" was during my pregnancy with my first child. After watching The Business of...
  13. Other
    Any woman who has labored with a doula or midwife by her side can attest to her/his value. A new research review confirms that mothers who receive continuous support during labor have better birth outcomes. Historically, women labored surrounded by other experienced women. It was not unusual to...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    Modern birth culture has created an exaggerated fear surrounding birth. TV shows, movies, magazines - they've been scaring women for dozens of years. (Thanks, Friends: Have you seen the one where Rachel has a baby?) That's why the key to a happy and healthy birth journey is education. Esali...
  15. Doulas
    Hi everyone! I am a Houston, TX resident and have recently completed my birth doula training. I am so passionate about educating and inspiring women to have the type of birth that makes them most comfortable. I love hearing and sharing positive birth stories, and I am looking to find and/or...
  16. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
    Hi mamas- I'm offering postpartum doula services at a discounted rate (half price at $15/hr) to finish up my certification through Birth Arts International. If you live in the Philadelphia area (Bucks & Montgomery counties) and are looking for postpartum help, contact me for a free consultation!
  17. Birth Professionals
    Hello Ladies, I am wondering if anyone has gone through these schools or training websites? What was your experience like? Was it worth it and did you feel like you were properly trained to take on clients after your certification? New Beginnings (Doula) Madriella (Doula) Midwife To Be...
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