WHY have a postpartum doula? …

Postpartum doulas provide a much needed service for many new parents, however not all parents are able to pay for someone to come to their home, help them take care of themselves so they can take care of their baby, without judgment, and with a lot of compassion and really great tips for that “babymoon”Continue reading “WHY have a postpartum doula? …”

Why doulas get no respect. It’s not the science, it’s the culture.

The reason why doulas are unable to gain respect from the press, the obstetric community and the public is that their primary goal of providing emotional support to women during childbirth is not valued by our culture.

Future directions in doula research

What else do we want and need to know about doulas and doula practice beyond the association with selected birth outcomes? By studying doulas, what else becomes important to investigate in the broader area of women’s experience of birth, the professionals involved in birth and the institutional contexts of birth? Here are some questions andContinue reading “Future directions in doula research”

Chapter 3 Excerpt from Birth Ambassadors

Trained Professional or Caring Woman? Doula Dilemmas Doulas assert specialized knowledge of the complex intersection of emotional, physical and medical aspects of childbirth, yet simultaneously, portray themselves as kind, caring women with a natural, intuitive ability to improve clinical outcomes in medicalized settings.  These claims are complicated by several factors.  First, a profession is technicallyContinue reading “Chapter 3 Excerpt from Birth Ambassadors”

Chapter 2 excerpt from Birth Ambassadors

What does it take to become, and to be, a Doula? Doulas often consider themselves unique among women because of their strong attraction to birth and caring for birthing women. At the start of one training workshop, each trainee shared what she thought made her unique.  Answers included such things as deep-sea diving, gourmet cooking,Continue reading “Chapter 2 excerpt from Birth Ambassadors”

Birth Ambassadors, a New Book from Praeclarus Press, Describes Why Doulas Are the Ambassadors for the Midwifery Model of Care

Women who give birth the U.S. often find that it is very difficult, so many are hiring doulas to provide continuous labor support. A new book from Praeclarus Press, Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America, describes the work of doulas, the dilemmas they face, and why they have become theContinue reading “Birth Ambassadors, a New Book from Praeclarus Press, Describes Why Doulas Are the Ambassadors for the Midwifery Model of Care”