Doula Hardy Baker shares her philosophy that a doula-midwife team can “create the most powerfully supportive experience for the birthing woman.”
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.
Learn about the inception and growth of the European Doula Network, which started in 2011 and continues to grow.
Mack writes about coming to terms with a less-than-perfect birth.
This article provides some guidelines in being aware of and avoiding factors that can lead to postpartum mood disorders.
A simple fix can prevent nausea and vomiting in a planned pregnancy.
Couch gives us a bird’s eye view of her experiences volunteering as a midwife in Haiti.
Just as we are learning about human nature from new perspectives, we are also at a turning point in our understanding of human births. Until now, the focus has been on mechanical difficulties. Countless textbooks have reproduced drawings showing the size and the shape of the fetal skull in relation to the maternal pelvis as a way to explain why the birth process cannot be easy in our species. If the main reasons for difficulties were mechanical, how to explain that, occasionally, women who are not special, from a morphological perspective, have their first baby easily within a few minutes, while others need a caesarean section after one or two days of tough labour?