building professional relationships, medical professionals

Building Professional Relationships

It is extremely important for doulas to work on building professional relationships with doctors, nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals. Equally important is maintaining those relationships. It does no good to establish a good relationship only to ruin it later down the line. There are a couple of ways that doulas come into contact with medical professionals. One way, is …

traumatic birth, birth trauma, ptsd, postpartum mood disorders

Traumatic Birth, PTSD, and Healing

During the birth, certain complications and events may occur causing birth trauma and making the experience seem traumatic and negative. This can easily lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Birthing individuals are more likely to get Post Traumatic Stress Disorder if they have an emergency caesarean or assisted delivery using forceps. However, individuals who have a vaginal birth are still …

professional labor support, professional, doula

Professional Labor Support vs Friends

There are many ways in which professional labor support impacts birth positively. Studies have shown that labor support has many benefits to both the mother and the baby. One study that demonstrates this was published in June 2008 in Birth. According to Susan K. McGrath, PhD, and John H. Kennell, MD, birthing individuals who received professional doula support had a …

labor progress, progression of labor, prelabor, long labor, fast labor

When Labor Doesn’t Progress “Normally”

When it comes to labor there is no such thing as a “normal” progression. The best way to approach labor is to be flexible and have confidence that the mother and her support team can and will handle whatever comes their way. Childbirth is totally unpredictable, each human being and each birth is unique. There is a wide range of “normal” …

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Orlando- Love Will Win

I woke up Sunday morning at 6:30 am, checked Facebook and saw a couple of posts about a mass shooting in Orlando. This piqued my interest enough to turn on the local news, something I never do. Sure enough there was a major event unfolding and it would only continue to get worse as the details came out. Since the attack …

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Meet the Owner: Christine Santos

We all love getting to know the people we work with. For this reason, we decided to start from the top and work our way down. We sat down with the owner of Sun State Doulas to learn a bit more about her, personally. What’s your name? Christine Santos Do you have a website? This one. 🙂 Where do you practice …