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Oxytocin is the primary ingredient in birth. Not only does it cause contractions, but it is also the hormone that causes the ‘feel good’ sensation when people we love touch us, and thus is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’. Because of this, creating an oxytocin rich environment can help you have a more positive birth experience. Read More “Build A Labor Cave, a DIY Project”
Doulas working with the most well known doula certifying agencies, start off their career in basically the same way. They attend a one to two day in person training. From there they are ready to work as a doula. They have a clear understanding of how to offer great doula support and care. In order to certify, however, there are quite a few more steps. Read More “Why Doula Certification Matters”
That is right! I teach my clients to lie and I feel perfectly ok with it. As a doula and as a lactation counselor, I have seen many clients struggle with finding their strong parental voice when it comes to extended family. I can appreciate the sticky spot they feel they are in. When you are becoming a new parent you want your own parents and siblings to feel included. People are excited to be involved in many aspects of the new family’s journey and the new parents want to share their joy.
Sometimes however, new parents begin to receive unwanted advice. Read More “I Teach My Clients to Lie!”
There is a lot of talk in the doula world about how doulas should not be activists. BirthME couldn’t disagree more. We believe we can and should be activists for our clients. We should be holding signs, collecting signatures and uniting in force. We should be insisting on supporting Maine families in the best way possible. Read More “We Are Doula Activists”
You are pregnant and you’re checking all the boxes on your to do list. You’ve hired the best provider, check! You’ve taken the top childbirth classes in the area, check! You hired a doula, check! She is familiar with who you are and she knows your birth preferences. She is ready to support you in exactly the way you need to be supported. You are all set up to have a wonderful birth experience, check! But what if something comes up and Your doula is unable to make it to your birth? Read More “Two Doulas are Better than One!”