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HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT DOULA MATCH

You’ve seen the evidence and know you want doula support for your pregnancy and birth. So you hop online and do a quick search for doulas in your area – should be simple right? The short answer is no, depending on your local birth community. You might be facing a long list of doulas with stark differences in support style, beliefs, and skills.  How do you narrow down your search and find a doula that aligns with your birthing goals? The key starts with you. Taking the time to understand your beliefs about birth, explore what your ideal birth would

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DOULA YOURE NOT CRAZY YOURE BEING GASLIT

DOULA: YOU’RE NOT CRAZY – YOU’RE BEING GASLIT

How many times have you seen (or maybe even posted) pleading questions in online doula groups that sound something like, “My client’s provider is showing all kinds of red flags! What do I do?” Maybe a client comes back from a prenatal appointment and reports that their provider won’t “allow” them to eat during labor. Or you’re in the birthing space and see the OB reaching for the scissors even though your client clearly communicated in their birthing plan that they do not want nor consent to an episiotomy.  Depending on your training, personal history, biases, and communication skills, it’s

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HOW TO SPOT COERCIVE LANGUAGE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

HOW TO SPOT COERCIVE LANGUAGE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

What happens when you show up to a prenatal appointment and your favorite care provider in the practice says something that leaves you feeling stunned, betrayed, or feeling helpless? You have built what felt like a respectful, trusting relationship with this provider, and they’ve been so nice up to this point. Maybe you misheard it? Maybe what you were saying wasn’t clear. But, no. You confirmed your birthing choices with them and they said something like “I wouldn’t recommend that if you were my daughter…” or “you want to have a healthy baby, right?” Language matters and it can be

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HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT DOULA MATCH

You’ve seen the evidence and know you want doula support for your pregnancy and birth. So you hop online and do a quick search for doulas in your area – should be simple right? The short answer is no, depending on your local birth community. You might be facing a long list of doulas with stark differences in support style, beliefs, and skills.  How do you narrow down your search and find a doula that aligns with your birthing goals? The key starts with you. Taking the time to understand your beliefs about birth, explore what your ideal birth would

Read More
DOULA YOURE NOT CRAZY YOURE BEING GASLIT

DOULA: YOU’RE NOT CRAZY – YOU’RE BEING GASLIT

How many times have you seen (or maybe even posted) pleading questions in online doula groups that sound something like, “My client’s provider is showing all kinds of red flags! What do I do?” Maybe a client comes back from a prenatal appointment and reports that their provider won’t “allow” them to eat during labor. Or you’re in the birthing space and see the OB reaching for the scissors even though your client clearly communicated in their birthing plan that they do not want nor consent to an episiotomy.  Depending on your training, personal history, biases, and communication skills, it’s

Read More
HOW TO SPOT COERCIVE LANGUAGE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

HOW TO SPOT COERCIVE LANGUAGE AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

What happens when you show up to a prenatal appointment and your favorite care provider in the practice says something that leaves you feeling stunned, betrayed, or feeling helpless? You have built what felt like a respectful, trusting relationship with this provider, and they’ve been so nice up to this point. Maybe you misheard it? Maybe what you were saying wasn’t clear. But, no. You confirmed your birthing choices with them and they said something like “I wouldn’t recommend that if you were my daughter…” or “you want to have a healthy baby, right?” Language matters and it can be

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Traci Weafer

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