Tag Archives: Doula Resources

Heat Pack Options for Birth & Beyond | Tips for Doulas

Many, many moms find that heat on their lower back is helpful during labor, especially if baby is OP and they’re experiencing back labor. I’ve tried a few options for heat packs and wanted to review some of the pros … Continue reading

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Playing Doula! Also, New Doula Suggestions | Tips for Doulas

Written March 2012, updated April 2015. So a friend or family member has asked you to be their doula, and you’re not sure how to best help… or for new doulas preparing to attend your first birth, how can you … Continue reading

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Getting Started | Tips for Doulas

Originally posted 2011, updated February 2015 I’ve recently had the chance to visit with a couple people interested in becoming doulas, and I love being able to pass on the tips I’ve gathered from my own doula mentors and from … Continue reading

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The Power of the Words We Speak | Tips for Doulas

After reading an article I loved about “Doulas Who Do Nothing” I was pondering the idea of doulas as pacers. (Go read the post, it’s wonderful!) The author mentioned a book – The Worst Is Over: What To Say When … Continue reading

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Doula Myths | Tips for Doulas AND Parents!

Originally written April 2011, updated August 2014. I’m sharing some of the myths listed in my coursework (ones that I’ve heard) and my personal response: Myth: A doula will discourage pain relief/not work with you if you have an epidural/only … Continue reading

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Martha Sears – My Hero

My firstborn baby was spirited, to put it mildly. Nursing at least every two hours around the clock (or every 45 minutes), PASSIONATE about expressing his opinion, not needing much sleep, wanting constant touch. As a new parent hearing so … Continue reading

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Doula Belt | Tips for Doulas

I saw the FlipBelt on Pinterest and I was intrigued. Not that I’ve run in years (it’s designed for runners) but I do chase children around a lot, and we love to do hikes as a family. I’m always hesitant … Continue reading

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Peanut Ball Article & Links

Here is a really well done article by Andrea about the use of peanut balls in labor. My first post (with link to a video) about peanut balls and epidurals is part of my new doula section – you can … Continue reading

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Cesarean Birth |Tips for Doulas

Originally posted September 2011: This morning (shortly after posting the video below) I got the call and raced out the door to attend my final certifying birth. We had anticipated a Saturday morning cesarean arrival but this little girl wanted … Continue reading

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Birth Support After Trauma | Tips for Doulas

Originally posted May 2011: Update: I’m reading When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Womenand it’s fantastic – I think every childbirth professional (educator, doula, etc) should read this!! It’s very, very … Continue reading

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