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What is the value of taking a Washington DC postpartum doula workshop?

What is the value of taking a Washington DC postpartum doula workshop?

Whenever I’m addressing a birth-related topic I have to decide whether to put on my doula trainer hat or my birth doula education hat. Here I’m going to look through a business and industry lens when answering the question, what is the value of taking a Washington

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A-Z List of Suggested Activities for Early/Pre-Birthing Time, Hypnobabies edition

A-Z List of Suggested Activities for Early/Pre-Birthing Time, Hypnobabies edition

I love a good list and I think many of my ideal clients are also list-oriented. People who take a Hypnobabies class gain so many ideas about what to do during your early birthing time when pressure waves (contractions) may be starting but you’re not ready to go to

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Ask the Sterling, Va. Doula: Birth Plans… What’s the Point?

Ask the Sterling, Va. Doula: Birth Plans... What's the Point?

“My birth plan was to have a healthy baby!” [end of post] Right?! No, there’s actually more to the story. As a doula in the Sterling, Va. area, part of my job is to keep tabs on the climate, so to speak, for childbearing families. Recently I

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Farewell and thank you: a new Hypnobabies doula is on her way to northern Virginia

Farewell and thank you: a new Hypnobabies doula is on her way to northern Virginia

Dear students and clients, It is with both sadness and excitement that I announce my family’s departure from the Atlanta area, relocating to northern Virginia later this summer. We will be living and working approximately 20 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. as my husband takes advantage of

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Let’s talk about doula advocacy.

Let’s talk about doula advocacy.

Advocate is not a dirty word. Here’s why this doula is more than OK with being called one. I’ve seen several posts written recently by doulas echoing the sentiment that they are not OK with being called an advocate. There are definitely some great points made in

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Is a doula a need or a want?

Is a doula a need or a want?

As a doula I’ve been contemplating this question for awhile, attempting to evaluate whether I’m presenting my services appropriately. Ever since hearing Suze Orman declare that a doula is a need and not a want, I’ve tended to side with her argument. But lately I’ve been thinking

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Questions to ask your doula

Questions to ask your doula

Questions to ask your doula If you’re nervous about what questions to ask your doula, fear not! What you should know first is that there really aren’t any questions about childbirth that bother us. We’ve been asked pretty much everything under the sun about birth before (plus

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What’s this doula business all about? Is it necessary?

What's this doula business all about? Is it necessary?

It can be difficult to articulate why practically every woman needs and deserves a doula serving and supporting her during the birth of her child. I say practically every woman because there may be some exceptional husbands/partners who do everything a doula does and more. (My husband

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The “Should I hire a doula?” Quiz

The "Should I hire a doula?" Quiz

If you’re not sure yet whether a doula is the right choice for you, take this quiz to help guide your decision-making process. [WATU 1]

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Why does a doula cost so much?

Why does a doula cost so much?

It’s been said that if a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it. For you analytical types, here’s a systematic review of continuous support for women during childbirth. Whether a doula has attended 2 births or 200, she has a servant’s heart

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