How to choose a doula

Doula Jen Miriam Altman supports mom in labor. From https://www.flickr.com/photos/greendoula/9266244478/

A friend recently asked for advice on choosing a doula to share with her pregnant coven-mate. Since finding a great birth doula can make a huge difference in a birthing experience, I thought I'd share here what I wrote to her.A doula should offer a free initial consultation and I'd suggest interviewing at least a couple of doulas that way. The most important thing is a matter of personal fit: does the doula feel like someone you can be vulnerable around?Otherwise there are all kinda of … [Read more...]

5 baby gear essentials

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I asked on Facebook and Twitter about essential baby gear: There's so much Stuff you can buy when preparing to welcome a baby, but most of us don't really need most of it. What one or two baby items would you recommend a new parent definitely get?The answers revealed that gear for babywearing, diapering, and feeding were most important to you, followed by bundling up baby and a place for baby to rest:Babywearing. By far the most popular advice is to get a good carrier, Ergo, … [Read more...]

Book Highlights: Birth, Breath, & Death

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I just finished reading a lovely little book by Amy Wright Glenn. Lyrical, gentle, contemplative, and touching, Birth, Breath, and Death explores Amy's meditations on life as a doula, mother, and hospital chaplain.Amy Wright Glenn was raised as a Mormon and eventually found her way onto a different faith path, Unitarian Universalism. Her reasons for connecting with the UU church actually closely mirror my own. Amy mentions that she first finds the UU church through her interest in poetry, … [Read more...]

Celebrating Doulas

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This is the last day of World Doula Week. Doulas provide physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support during reproductive experiences.Traditionally that's meant birth, where there's good evidence that continuous support improves birth experiences and outcomes. But increasingly doulas are providing support for all kinds of reproductive experiences, like miscarriage, abortion, adoption, and the postpartum period.Doulas often do very practical tasks, like bringing you water to … [Read more...]

Link round-up

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Did you know the Pagan Families page on FaceBook has well over 900 followers?  I often post links and short quotes there.  Here's a round-up of some of the best from the last few months:* Doulas draw from Jewish tradition as birth helpers. “Doulas support women informationally, physically and emotionally — we can also add ‘spiritually’ to that list.”* An Intimate Pagan Mother Blessing. "At 36 weeks pregnant with my husband and my first baby I really wanted to connect with our future son i … [Read more...]


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