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Which Childbirth Education Class Is Right For You

Well Rounded NY | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

By Kayla Bitten Got a baby on the way? You probably have a gazillion questions about the big day - especially if you are a first-time mom. While noth...

My Amazing 'Job' Doula

Lauren Derrett | Posted 06.02.2016 | Parents
Lauren Derrett

This morning I visited a new mum and dad. The sun was shining, the french doors opening onto the garden and a brand new beautiful baby girl dosing in ...

Why Continuity of Care in Birth Matters

Lauren Derrett | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Lauren Derrett

When pregnant, it's a good idea to really think about who you would be happy to see you at your most vulnerable, who makes you feel safe when you're that scared child looking for comfort, who understands the process of birth.

What It's Like To Help The Dying As An End-Of-Life Doula

Debbie Slevin | Posted 04.10.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Slevin

When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? I tell them: I do it because I can. I can 'do' death. The dying process does not frighten me. It might when it is my turn to look death in the eye -- but for now -- I am unafraid.

The Importance of the Birth Debrief

Lauren Derrett | Posted 04.04.2016 | Parents
Lauren Derrett

Women all over are holding onto sad, sad memories of their previous labors and birth, and if not worked through, they are taking them with them to the next birth and the one after that, never freeing their mind to the idea that it could be different next time.

Some Simple Birth Maths

Lauren Derrett | Posted 04.01.2016 | Women
Lauren Derrett

You're pregnant, yay!! How frickin' exciting, I can feel your excitement from here, eeek:) If you're anything like I was when I got pregnant the firs...

Confessions Of A Radical Doula

The Cut | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.29.2016 | Parents

Do you know about the birth? I’m often asked, sitting with some new mother in her pajamas. I go see them as soon as possible. I bring food, fold lau...

Unassisted Childbirth

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Maybe the freebirth activism should be seen not so much as an insistence about how we all should be giving birth, but instead a call to continue to keep the conversation going and figure out a way to make childbirth as safe, stress-free as possible, with women surrounded by caring, comforting caregivers.

58 Stunning Photos That Show The Bond Between Moms And Doulas

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.24.2016 | Parents

For many parents, birth doulas are beacons of calming encouragement who enhance the labor, delivery and postpartum experience in incomparable ways. A...

Natural Birth: The Most Amazing Experience Ever

Kasia Wezowski | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Kasia Wezowski

The main myth about giving birth is that birth is painful and dangerous so you have to be drugged and put in the hospital in order to give birth. Wome...

A Birth Plan? Really?

Pia Artesona | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Pia Artesona

I recently wrote a blog about my birth story. I expressed my own experience through the unfolding and the way it made me feel. I chose to have a birt...

Are You THAT Kind of Mom?!

Ali Fallis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Ali Fallis

Know what delights the heck out of me? Surprising people. As a doula, this is something I do a LOT.

Kristen Bell, Jessica Alba and Others Support Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth at Raising Baby

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Welcoming close to one hundred current and former foster youth, along with their adorable children, to the event, Raising Baby provided the young parents with multiple workshops and activities.

The Gift of Labor Support

Jennifer Mayer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Mayer

Enlisting my team for support was the biggest gift I could have given myself during the labor and birth of my son Oliver. It felt as though all the support I've provided as a doula over the past years was shown back to me 100-fold.

Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.22.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The call came at 10 at night. Annie LeVasseur had been eagerly expecting it, but, still, it made her nervous.

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.

Thank You: A Prayer in Crisis

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

As medical professionals rushed into the room, my anxiety grew exponentially with each passing second. When I started to pray, there were no words coming out. I just kept sending thoughts and emotions to God. Somehow out of my hope that God would see our family through, I managed to whisper, "Thank You."

'Twas The Night Before Labor

Ali Fallis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Ali Fallis

When down in the kitchen there arose such a clatter, I waddled downstairs to see what was the matter. (And to pee.)

At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

Catherine Pearson

How Doulas Substantially Lower The Rate Of C-Sections In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents

Doulas -- nonmedical professionals who help women cope with childbirth and the postpartum period -- do many things. They soothe. They massage. They ch...

Birth Doula Training

Jess Ly | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jess Ly

The beauty of this education and what it ultimately provides can best be captured in one word: choices. When women get educated, they can decide what kind of birth they want and how they want to experience it, exercising our most fundamental human desire, our right to choose.

Protecting the Threshold

Janelle Brandon | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Janelle Brandon

I became even more of a supporter (if that's possible) of a woman's right to choose when, if and how she becomes a mother once I became a mother myself. Guess who and what else shouldn't make that decision for them? Someone's boss. Someone else's personally-held religious beliefs.

6 Things I Know Now About Breastfeeding

Kim Simon | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Breastfeeding is one of the most wonderful, heart-wrenching, soul-healing, self-doubting, self-confidence crushing and self-confidence boosting experiences I've ever had.

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

My Secret Weapon Against Postpartum Depression

Kim Simon | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You were by my side as I fell madly, deeply, head over heels in love with the beautiful little boy who completed our family. You supported me as my first sweet son curled up behind me in the rocking chair. You told me that we would all start healing together.