No partners. No doulas. Giving birth alone is hardly what these women had in mind.
The black maternal mortality crisis is not improving. Doulas can help.
The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal mortality in the developed world, but having doulas makes a drastic difference.
Let's start with the difference between a doula and a midwife.
Lets look at some amazing doulas in action.
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It was the very birth experience I needed.
It's been a long journey.
Does motherhood define ME? No. Well, yes. Kind of. (Maybe?)
I was a first time mother-to-be, nearing 40. I’d already had two miscarriages and I wasn’t getting any younger and I could
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When pregnant, it's a good idea to really think about who you would be happy to see you at your most vulnerable, who makes you feel safe when you're that scared child looking for comfort, who understands the process of birth.
When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? I tell them: I do it because I can. I can 'do' death. The dying process does not frighten me. It might when it is my turn to look death in the eye -- but for now -- I am unafraid.
Women all over are holding onto sad, sad memories of their previous labors and birth, and if not worked through, they are taking them with them to the next birth and the one after that, never freeing their mind to the idea that it could be different next time.
Ask yourself, is it more important to you that your peers are secretly jel of pram/bag/sleep suit, than how you feel about
Why is the delivery room the one place where a woman doesn’t have control over what happens to her body?
Maybe the freebirth activism should be seen not so much as an insistence about how we all should be giving birth, but instead a call to continue to keep the conversation going and figure out a way to make childbirth as safe, stress-free as possible, with women surrounded by caring, comforting caregivers.