WHY have a postpartum doula? …

Postpartum doulas provide a much needed service for many new parents, however not all parents are able to pay for someone to come to their home, help them take care of themselves so they can take care of their baby, without judgment, and with a lot of compassion and really great tips for that “babymoon”Continue reading “WHY have a postpartum doula? …”

Why doulas get no respect. It’s not the science, it’s the culture.

The reason why doulas are unable to gain respect from the press, the obstetric community and the public is that their primary goal of providing emotional support to women during childbirth is not valued by our culture.

SQUAT Birth Journal Reviews Birth Ambassadors & Interviews Christine Morton

SQUAT Birth Journal features Elise Rose’s review of Birth Ambassadors & interview with Christine Morton, author of the study that is featured in the book, with stories collected and edited by Elayne Clift.  You can visit the journal and read the review here: 

Birth Ambassadors is at #LamazeDONA Confluence in Kansas City!

We are happy to note that you can buy a copy of Birth Ambassadors at the Praeclarus Press at Booth #302.  Tweet to @birthambassador if you’d like a signed copy by author Christine Morton while you’re at the Lamaze/DONA conference!

Five Star Reviews of Birth Ambassadors on Amazon!

The Amazon reviews are unanimous!  Birth Ambassadors is a “must-read,” “amazing,” and a “great study” that provides a “refreshingly candid and accurate look at the complexities of both doula-ing and doula-training.” Get your copy now and join the doula trainers below who value this sociological perspective on labor support in the U.S. Something new! By janaContinue reading “Five Star Reviews of Birth Ambassadors on Amazon!”

Online Birth Story Workshop with chance to win a free book!

Telling Birth Stories: An Online Writing Workshop with award-winning author & journalist Elayne Clift How do you write a good birth story? What makes any story compelling? How can we tell our own birth stories, as remembrance and as a gift to other women? In Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergence of Woman-supported Birth inContinue reading “Online Birth Story Workshop with chance to win a free book!”

Telling Birth Stories: Writing Workshop with Elayne Clift (May 14, NYC)

Reposted from http://swgproject.org/new-blog/ TELLING BIRTH STORIES May 1, 2014 A Writing Workshop with Award-Winning Author & Journalist  Elayne Clift  How do you write a good birth story?  What makes any story compelling?  How can we tell our own birth stories, as remembrance, and as a gift to other women? In their book Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergenceContinue reading “Telling Birth Stories: Writing Workshop with Elayne Clift (May 14, NYC)”

Future directions in doula research

What else do we want and need to know about doulas and doula practice beyond the association with selected birth outcomes? By studying doulas, what else becomes important to investigate in the broader area of women’s experience of birth, the professionals involved in birth and the institutional contexts of birth? Here are some questions andContinue reading “Future directions in doula research”

Goodreads Giveaway! Birth Ambassadors

We are giving away 5 copies of Birth Ambassadors on Goodreads! 3/23/14:  attention:    the Goodreads Giveaway for Birth Ambassadors is now approved! Effective thru 3/31! In honor of World Doula Week (March 22-28),  sign up to win a signed copy of “Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America.” This bookContinue reading “Goodreads Giveaway! Birth Ambassadors”

Chapter 4 Excerpt from Birth Ambassadors

Being a Team Member: Doula Strategies and Nurse-Doula Interactions This excerpt highlights findings from Christine Morton’s sociological research on the history and experiences of doulas in the United States. The methodology is described in the book’s Appendix. As outsiders to the hospital, yet as self-professed insiders to labor support, doulas employ several strategies as theyContinue reading “Chapter 4 Excerpt from Birth Ambassadors”