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Choosing a Training, pt. 4

When my husband and I made the decision that I would train as a childbirth educator in 1999, it was a gut decision.  I loved birth and I knew I wanted to work with expectant families. We figured it would be a

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Choosing a Training, pt. 3

You should have two lists in front of you.  One list is the investment it will take to train with each program you are interested in.  The other list is the return you will get for each investment you make. How you

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Choosing a Training, Pt. 2

I realize yesterday’s assignment may have been a bit more than you could complete in one day.  That is OK.  Continue to work on it as long as it takes, and when you are ready, begin this second part. You now have

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Choosing a Training, pt. 1

So you know you have been called to work with expectant families, you know the role you want to perform.  The next step is deciding on a training for that role. Very few of the women I have spoken to thoroughly researched their training

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Doula or Childbirth Educator?

A common question among those interested in working with expectant families is whether they should start as a birth doula or a childbirth educator. There are a few ways to approach this question, and they will basically depend on your goals and the circumstances

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Prenatal Home Visits

Moving from the idea of centering pregnancy, we explore another concept in prenatal care – home nurse visits. In one study, home visits were associated with decreased risk of preterm delivery for African-American women. These results were similar to the results of

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Centering Pregnancy

There is another way to think about prenatal care, centering pregnancy. In this model of care, women meet in groups to discuss their concerns and celebrate together.  The women take charge of their prenatal care, performing much of the prenatal assessment themselves.

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Basics of Prenatal Care

I thought you might like to see some recommendations for prenatal care.  Grab a cup of tea, these are long documents. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these  recommendations for Prenatal Care Counseling. The Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement offers these guidelines for

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Benefits of Prenatal Care

This week I want to spend some time looking at the various benefits (assumed and proven) of prenatal care.  One thing we know, women who have some form of prenatal care have better outcomes in labor than women who have no prenatal

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The Power of Communication

I have been wondering about the listening and questioning experiments.  If you have been hesitant to try them, I wanted to give you some more motivation. These links help demonstrate the importance communication plays not just in the way we interact with families, but