Birth Doulas

Doulas who support women through their labor and birth. Mom's who are interested in having a doula present for their birth.

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VBAC preparation

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What to do when there is a scheduled c-section

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completing the certification abroad?

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Comment by Kristin Suter on August 8, 2009 at 7:36pm
I am a birth doula in Jacksonville, Florida (willing to travel to surrounding areas). I'm working on getting my certification with DONA. Hope everyone is well :)

Kristin Suter
Baby's Breath Doula Services & Postpartum Support
Comment by Maureen Stevens on August 7, 2009 at 9:36am
Do you know anyone in Orange County area who wants to be a doula or needs advanced doula training?

Please refer them to Orange County’s premier doula training –
STARTING Saturday October 3, 2009 9am-5pm
Then every Monday for 8 weeks 6pm-9pm
With the lack of options available to women a CPSS/Doula can make the difference…Come help meet the demand for advanced trained Certified Perinatal Support Specialists/Doulas in OC. Our 8 week course will train you to understand both alternative and medical models, when interventions are appropriate and when alternatives are the option. Learn how to work with the staff / Dr./ Hospital / Midwife/ Birth Center and in the homebirth environment, educate your clients, offer prenatal, labor, birth, breastfeeding, postpartum support, set up your business, and get reimbursement from insurance. Etc.
Sherri Alden, RN, BSN, PHN,
Cyndi Daily-Gross, CCA, CD
Wendy Spry, LVN, BA, CCA, CD
Maureen Stevens, RN, BS, MSN, CCE

This program prepares you to differentiate yourself from the rest of the doulas/labor support out there. BIRTH WISDOM provides one of the highest quality trainings available with 36 hours didactic under the nurturing guidance of our faculty. We are committed to educating from a balanced perspective, presenting both alternative and medical modalities. We will explore proven alternative therapies, as well as provide an extensive understanding of medical views on obstetrical complications and their ramifications. Our desire is to instill a healthy respect for what each has to teach us in providing optimal care for mom and baby. Comprehensive curriculum content and invaluable information is given through lecture, and through:

Interactive participation
Obstetrical medical textbooks/midwifery textbooks/labor and nursing textbooks, cutting edge journal articles.
Hands on clinical instruction
Panel interaction with your instructors with diverse training, experience and perspectives.
Over 100 hour of directed self study.
A business plan to take your knowledge to turn it into a viable and lucrative career.
An intern client referral network.
A apprenticeship program for students with little or no experience in labor and birth.
Upon completion of the series interns must attend and receive evaluation for a minimum of twelve births to receive certification.
Comment by Thérèse Hak-Kuhn on August 6, 2009 at 2:19pm
This is comment is not about birth except the formatting of this forum .. why does my photo show up next to other people's comments? It is kind of bizarre even if it does not really see my face and then Mandy's or Darcel's comment next to it.
Is this something that can be fixed?
Comment by Thérèse Hak-Kuhn on August 6, 2009 at 2:18pm
This is commentis not about birth except the formatting of this forum .. why does my photo show up next to other people's comments? It is kind of bizarre even if it does not really see my face and then Mandy's or Darcel's comment next to it.
Is this something that can be fixed?
Comment by Cherylyn on August 6, 2009 at 1:09pm
Michelle, I felt the same way when I got my first actual client. I worried if I was ready, and then I remembered everything I had read and the training I took and I realized that I had been preparing for it for months and yes, I was ready. Trust in yourself and what you have learned. Just focus on being calm and help bring a peaceful feeling with you to the birth. If you are calm you will also be better able to remember what you need to know.
Comment by Lori on August 6, 2009 at 1:02pm
@Michelle Van Norman - One thing my trainer told us to remember for those first births is that there was a study done showing that birth outcomes were improved even when someone just sat in the room the whole time with a clipboard. So assuming you are going to be more supportive than someone observing behind a clipboard - you will definitely be a great asset to these couples!
Comment by Michelle Mathews on August 6, 2009 at 12:42pm
@MichelleVanNorman: If you have a copy of The Birth Partner, I've found that an invaluable resource, both to read before births, and some doulas even pop it in their doula kit to refer to at a birth. Good luck!
Comment by Michelle Van Norman on August 6, 2009 at 12:23pm
Ok i am kinda in a pickle. My doula has found me 2 moms to help with my certifications. This is sooooo frickin amazing however I do not know what to do. These will be the first births i will attend other than my own and my sisters. I guess any help would be great d=from anyone. Iplan on picking my Doula's brain too. Thanks to anyone that has suggestions.
Comment by Cherry Tree Lane on August 5, 2009 at 3:29pm
Hi all!
Im happy to join this group and learn more about doulas. Im especially looking for a doula in my area of southern california. I experienced an unnecessary C-section about 18 months ago and am looking to become pregnant and do things entirely different. Im nervous, but know that I need to become educated and surround myself with supportive and knowledgeable people! Any help is so appreciated!
Comment by Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein on August 3, 2009 at 2:55pm
We are looking for video footage and photos for our follow up to BoBB. Click HERE for more information on what we need - tell any clients! Thanks!

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