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Posted on January 9th, 2014 by
Something that was very apparent to me when I first decided to become a doula, was that the term “doula” was almost considered a label.  Kind of like a “WASP” or “Hippie” or “Conservative.” I’ve found that (depending on the type of crowd or person I was talking to) each time I would share my profes...
Posted on December 21st, 2013 by
This is an article that was originally posted on the IABPP website maternityinstitute.com  We are thrilled to be collaborating with Natural Baby Pros in the education and support of families worldwide as they enter the world of parenthood. This article was written by our Amanda Hammond, a regular c...
Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by
As this year comes to an end, we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. It is a time to gather together with loved ones. Some we see frequently and some we haven't seen in awhile. It's a time to celebrate the joy of food… wonderful, calorie filled, food! We watch holiday movies and practice years of...
Posted on November 6th, 2013 by
The faithfully supportive birth partner: you have attended childbirth classes, visited with the baby belly every day,  pampered the mother-goddess to her heart’s content and managed to get that tricky nursery furniture assembled. You are overjoyed with the coming of your child and you love his mothe...
Posted on October 10th, 2013 by
We as doulas are often asked many of the same initial questions. So, I thought we could answer some of those questions up front for you. But I wanted to give everyone a better understanding. Just as each mother is similar but unique, so is a doula. These answers are from two separate doulas (not me)...
Posted on September 18th, 2013 by
Guest post authored by Laura Schmalfeldt, labor & birth doula at Embracing Labor. That's right, I'm sitting in my big comfy bed, while my beautiful children nap, researching and writing about poop. This is my life.  I am currently in the beginning stages of potty training my little boy. (insert si...
Posted on September 9th, 2013 by
 Perineal Massage Touching the Sacred Gateway, By Jamie Mossay of Embracing Labor One of the most common fears surrounding the birth process for pregnant women is that the tissues of her perineal area (particularly between the vagina/vaginal opening and the rectum/anus) will “tear.”  It has become...
Posted on August 16th, 2013 by
What is a Doula? A doula is traditionally a women experienced and knowledgeable in the birth process who offers labor support and companionship for pregnant mothers and their partners. Every doula is trained to provide emotional, physical and informational support. What does a Doula do? The bigge...
Posted on February 28th, 2013 by
‘Doula’ is a word from Ancient Greece meaning ‘female servant’ or ‘woman who serves.’ There are three types of doulas: birth doulas, postpartum doulas, and antepartum doulas. Birth Doulas A birth doula helps the mother to prepare for and plan her birth. It is a birth doula’s duty to wait on the bi...
Posted on January 25th, 2013 by
By Jo Kilburn, CLD, HBCE  With her baby in the breech position at 33 weeks, Jennifer’s doctor recommended that she see a local chiropractor to help turn her baby. The baby is still breech at 37 weeks and the doctor advised her to schedule a caesarean delivery. Jennifer has been having surges at 36 ...