With mass incarceration in the US, we now have more women of childbearing age in prison than ever before. Lieser discusses the shortcomings of giving birth behind bars, and how doulas can help support these women to have a better birth.
As an expectant mother stands in the light of the sun, her baby is bathed in a golden rose-colored, energizing, and soothing light. It is as if the sun above is telling the baby how beautiful this life will be. The sun communicates warmth and, as the mother smiles, the baby receives her bliss. Flowers communicate with the language of aroma. When a mother, pregnant with promise, sniffs a frangipani, she communicates her pleasure to baby.
The maternal/child health system is broken, but doulas around the country are developing programs to change that. Learn about some of them in this timely article.
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.
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.
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.
In order to feel protected during this time of neocortical inhibition, some modern women naturally prefer to rely on a doula.