Calling All Bloggers (Again)! Healthy Birth Blog Carnival #3

November 7th, 2009 by avatar

We’ve had two successful Healthy Birth Carnivals and it’s time to make it to the half-way point through Lamaze’s Six Healthy Birth Practices. We’ve heard what bloggers had to say about letting labor begin on its own and movement in labor. Next up?

Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support.

Here are some Lamaze resources to get you thinking about continuous support in labor:

Participation in the Healthy Birth Blog Carnival is easy:

1.  If you are a blogger, write a blog post on the Carnival theme (Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support). Post it on your blog by Monday, November 23. Make sure the post links back to this blog post, to the Healthy Birth Practice Paper, or to the video above. You may also submit a previously written post, as long as the information is still current.
2.  Send an email with a link to your post to amyromano [at] lamaze dot org.
3.  If you do not have a blog but would like to participate, you may submit a guest post by emailing it to me.
4.  I will compile and post the Blog Carnival here at Science & Sensibility the week of November 30.

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    I love the blogging around the six healthy birth practices that promote safe birth. For this one, I’m especially interested in seeing the comments.

    I’ve been amazed, for over two decades, how the scientific community that doesn’t bother to test or do research on EFM before putting it out there could so heavily question continuous emotional and physical support. Now there is a solid evidence base for this birth practice. Yet facilities are still limiting the mothers’ support people and in some cases, even denying them access to doulas.

    Changing the subject, I went to the DONA website yesterday to confirm the definition of a doula and wondered about the words “specially trained woman”. In the 3,000 year old history of women supporting women at birth, there weren’t any certification organizations so the special training must have come from woman-to-woman experience. I have been a certified doula with DONA for years. I wanted the extra education and was working with more strangers than friends and family so the certification was a plus. However, what about the birthing woman’s own support network? Can’t they serve as doulas as well?

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    Jamie Cordeiro
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    Yes, I agree. One of my favorite things (although I am a nurse and doula) is to make the chosen support persons (usually close family) into doulas! There are sessions by appointment. The classes are different from other birth classes in that they are an in-depth layman’s tutorial so first-timers are more comfortable on what a laboring woman often needs/says/does as well as we go into even greater detail over “what makes labor easier and could make labor harder” and more techniques than there is time for at the usual classes..the steps of informed consent, how to be the mother’s advocate, how to recognize and decline/postpone routine ( assembly-line) medical intervention. I even give them the full-color illustrated operating manual for the HillRom birthing bed so they know all the options they can ask for so the nurse can adjust it! My Cesarean rate for this class offering this year was 16%.

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