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The March for Moms:Doulas, Advocacy and Change

The March for Moms wasn’t a march. It was a peaceful gathering of people (doulas, doctors, Moms, midwives, Dads, advocates) who care deeply about how the broken maternity care system in the USA affects women and families.  According to the CDC there are 700 pregnancy related deaths per year,  many of them preventable. I was […]

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Cesarean-Section: Medical Necessity or Fear-Based Choice?

I read something online, where a woman said she was choosing a cesarean section for no other reason than all the horrible things she had heard about vaginal birth.  This tells us a lot about what women are feeling about childbirth.  It is also very sad. This is fear based decision-making. I am not judging […]

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Do Doulas Need a lot of Stuff?

Doulas usually have some training, and are familiar with the birth process. In the original studies that were done, Marshall Klaus and John Kennell were actually studying how having a kind woman at the birth effected breastfeeding and mother-infant bonding. What they discovered was so much more;  that the presence of such a kind and […]

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The Birth of a Mother and a Doula

It was 28 years ago, December 27th 1989, when my son Matthew was born into this world, at Newton-Wellesley hospital in Massachusetts.  I entered the hood; motherhood. My life would never be the same.  Giving birth and becoming a mother are both life-changing transformational events that get to be honored. The memory of that day […]

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Childbirth Classes: Online or in Person?

The buzz among birth educators is that attendance at childbirth classes is low. Why is this? Do people really need childbirth classes? Is it better to take childbirth classes online or in person? One thing to consider is your learning style.  It takes discipline and rigor to complete online courses, depending on the content, and […]

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