Shea Hardy Baker

Shea Hardy Baker has been a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator since 2003. She co-founded and for 10 years was the executive director of Doulas Supporting Teens (DST), a nonprofit organization that offered pro bono doula services, childbirth education, parenting groups, and referral services in Lane County, Oregon. Shea developed a childbirth education curriculum specifically for pregnant teens and designed and implemented a successful doula mentorship and advanced doula training program within Doulas Supporting Teens. Shea is currently the conference coordinator and a contributing editor for Midwifery Today. Shea resides with her husband and son in Eugene, Oregon.

Doulas Connecting with Doulas

I have been thinking about the theme of connection since I returned from the Bad Wildbad, Germany, Midwifery Today conference last month. Midwifery Today conferences provide a unique environment in which to support in-person connections to the sacred and ancient traditions of supporting women, families, and babies during the childbearing years. They have the added value of providing a space for practitioners from all over the world to connect to information provided by speakers and practitioners who share with one another.

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Military Doulas

An introduction to doulas who serve women who must birth away from family.

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Doulas, Creating Global Change

Doula Hardy Baker shares her philosophy that a doula-midwife team can “create the most powerfully supportive experience for the birthing woman.”

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Mentorship Is Key

In this issue of Midwifery Today we celebrate the role of the doula. The articles in these pages feature doulas across the planet making a difference: from doulas who serve refugees in Austria to doulas incorporated into multi-disciplinary practices in Turkey to indigenous doulas here in US helping maintain their cultural practices around childbirth.

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