All tagged Doula

What's in the Doula Bag?

When I first started out as a Doula, I packed everything but the kitchen sink in my birth bag. I had books, massage tools, and a bunch of other things I can’t even remember now. Along with all the stuff I had, I also picked up wish list items whenever I could. Things like specialized acupressure tools sworn to save my hands, and little trinkets with goo in them that were meant to help distract a mom from contractions. (Yes, you can laugh at that last one!)

W is for Water Birth (Plus Resources in Delaware)

Water birth is frequently called “nature’s epidural”, and for good reason! It is simple, easy, and effective for pain relief. Beyond that, relief is almost immediate when the laboring woman immerses herself in water. In one study, 72% of mothers said they would have a water birth again, as opposed to only 9% wanting to give birth on land again. With those statistics and all the anecdotes from families, this option is worth taking a look at. Let’s talk about water birth and how it can work for you! Resources are included for families in Delaware.

10 Key Points from a Doula

There are many things to consider working as a Doula, from the time you are hired well into postpartum support. It's easy to get caught in your own headspace, or feel unsure of the right thing to say in any given situation. I have collected several key phrases or things to remember through my years working as a Doula, and I wanted to share these little bits of wisdom with you! I frequently read them before writing an article, interviewing with a client, or attending a birth. 

So, You Want to be a Doula?

The most common question I get in my inbox is "How do I become a doula?" Everyone can Google "doula education program" or "how to become a doula," so in this blog article I'll give you the rundown on what it takes to become a doula in practical terms. I can tell you what steps to take, what I have done, and what mistakes I made, but that might not apply to your personality and situation. So let's get started with some introspective questions...