when clients don't call

When Clients Don’t Call

Tara Birth, Doula Support 2218 Comments

When a client goes into labor and doesn’t call her doula, what does that mean? Does it mean the doula has somehow failed that family? Does it mean the doula is inadequate? Does it mean something went wrong? Quite the contrary, actually. Birth is about the family. It’s about the mother. It’s about one of the most intense, empowering-yet-vulnerable moments …

ACOG Recommends Doulas for Continuous Support During Labor

Tara Birth, Care Providers, Doula Support, New Parents, Resources 2757 Comments

The benefits of continuous support during labor are numerous, with the most important benefit being “fewer reports of dissatisfaction with the experience of labor”. We iterate to our clients the importance of planning, of discovering and prioritizing their options, and of creating a clear and effective birth plan. But we also make it known that even with all of the …

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Let’s Stop Patronizing First Time Moms (& What To Do Instead)

Tara Birth, Doula Support, Family, Inspirational, New Parents, Pregnancy, Self Care 632 Comments

It starts almost as soon as she announces her pregnancy and unless she puts a stop to it herself, it never ends. What am I speaking of? The patronizing that first time moms deal with on a regular basis. The unsolicited advice after a simple facebook post about a baby item she finds interesting. The eye rolls when she announces …

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Crossing The Line of Contention Between Doctors and Doulas

Tara Birth, birth plan, Care Providers, Dayton, Doula Support, Doulas, New Parents, Pregnancy, Resources 1363 Comments

There is a line of contention that has been drawn between doulas and some doctors. Who drew this line, and why? Was it the doctors or the doulas? And most importantly, how does this line benefit our clients as they bring their babies into the world? The answer is: It doesn’t. The way that a doctor or midwife views doulas …