Doulas Supporting Military Overseas

Richardson shares her experiences and challenges as a doula overseas, serving the military.

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Military Doulas

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

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The Other Side of Doula Work

Serving as a postpartum doula does not always lead to a positive outcome. Kolb shares the challenges of being a doula when a stillbirth or other trauma occurs.

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What Do Doulas Really Do?

Doula Penny Simkin discusses the positive impact that doulas have on birth outcomes. They provide a unique form of labor support that is different from that of other caregivers involved in the birth process–but complements the roles of others. Simkins describes why this is so.

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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The Doula’s Role

I believe that doulas need to have some preparation for handling emergency clinical situations: not to take them on, but to be ready in case of an emergency. This is a somewhat unpopular view. However, doulas can never know what kind of situation they may find themselves in. For example, you may be the first to arrive at a homebirth, when the midwife gets a flat tire or, for some other reason, does not arrive in time for the birth.

The Indigenous Revival of Traditional Birth

This doula and member of the Seneca Nation of Indians shares how she ensures that cultural aspects are included in the births of families she serves.

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