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An Ode to Grover

You should check out greyweirdo's excellent post, A word about Grover. It's very good.

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ladiihawk
Jul. 27th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
hi! my friend manifest_now told me that you are or are studying to be a doula. i am pregnant and doing some research into my options and was hoping you could give me some insight into the benefits of one. and all the things they actually do. i would so much appreciate it! thanks!!
ahavah
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Hi, thank you for stopping by! I'm honored. :D I am a doula, recently certified through DONA International. I'd highly recommend checking out their website if you're interested in information on doulas. DONA isn't the only certifying organization, but it was the first and is probably most well known.

The thing to be aware of is that doulas provide informational, emotional, and physical support. A birth doula's job is to provide continuous labor support for the mother. Doulas are not medical professionals and shouldn't be offering medical procedures (like fetal monitoring, vaginal exams, even blood pressure readings) if they're not also a nurse/midwife/etc. and acting in that role. A doula can help you be aware and educated on all your options so that you can make the best decision for your family, but she should not be making the decision for you or relaying your decisions to your medical team. Ideally, she should help foster discussion with your care providers.

Here are some good links:

DONA

What is a doula?

Why Use a Doula?

DONA Birth Doula Position Paper

DONA Postpartum Position Paper

Find a Doula

CAPPA

About CAPPA

CAPPA Position Papers

Find CAPPA Members

Other

American Pregnancy Association: Having a Doula

Doula.com

Doulas in Washington

I hope this helps. :D Good luck, and happy birthing!


ladiihawk
Jul. 28th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
wow! thank you so much! that looks like so much information! i will get to reading!
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