May is International Doula Month, and if you're a parent who's had a positive experience with a doula (and there are many!), you'll understand why we celebrate doulas! If you're hoping to be a parent soon or expecting a baby currently and haven't made up your mind about hiring a doula, you'll want to take some time and check out this incredibly informative and interesting series of blog posts at Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA doula Stacie Bingham's website.
For the past three years during International Doula Month, Stacie has hosted a "31 Days of Doulas" blog series in which guests write on different topics pertaining to doula care. Naturally, there are loads of posts to sift through, so I've done the work for you in combing through them and listing below the best posts that share information on what doulas do and why parents choose to hire a doula (other posts are geared more toward practitioners/doulas themselves). Of course, if you get through all of these, you'll want to just go ahead and read everything in the series -- there are many awesome tips for laboring parents and great birth stories that are not listed below!
Often it's moms who push for a doula and dads push back, but not in this case!
Learn (with the help of hilarious graphics) the differences between a doula who doulas and a doula who duel-as. You'll get it when you read it.
It's important to know when parents are disappointed with their doula experience so you can use their feedback to select the best doula match for you.
What kinds of expectations are we putting on dads at birth, and is it too much to expect?
Hear from a bunch of parents on their reasons for having a doula.
How does a doula help with a high-risk pregnancy?
You now know lots about what a doula is -- learn what a doula isn't.
The roles of midwife and doula are different, and each serve a distinct and important purpose.
Did you know that doulas have been around, informally, for centuries?
An aunt-turned-doula-fanatic shares her story.
It is possible!
This dad tells us why he didn't need a doula.
Personal experience is not always a necessary component for quality care and service.