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08 Oct 2021

On May 19, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, signed a bill that made it illegal for people to have abortions after six weeks of being pregnant. And in September, the law was put into effect. Doulas, reproductive advocates, and people worldwide spoke out publicly against this law and restriction. We at DTI also would […]

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30 Mar 2017

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17 Jan 2017

DTI is committed to respecting and celebrating diversity in all its forms, including diversity of ability. That’s why we are excited to announce our newest expert affiliate video by Ally Balsley and Brittany Noschese, DTI doulas and owners of Hand Waves Birth Services. Ally and Brittany provide birth and postpartum services in the MD/VA/DC area. Ally and […]

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04 Jan 2017

The dominant narrative in our culture around autism is one of prevention, disease, and cure. We are flooded daily with articles about hundreds of different things purported to be correlated with autism, while the most stringent peer reviewed research does not usually support these findings. Birth interventions, certain types of food, pesticides, vaccines, antibiotics – […]

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02 Dec 2016

In my short time as a doula, I have already experienced discrimination, homophobia and transphobia in birth work communities. Despite my knowledge and understanding that birth work is deeply rooted in heteronormativity and cisnormativity, I am faced with everyday challenges as a doula because of my gender non-conforming queer identity. I just started my doula […]

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21 Nov 2016

Doulas need other doulas. Many of us have felt in our early days of doula practice a deep need to find a community of other doulas that we could call after a difficult birth, text at 3AM, bounce ideas off of, or just socialize with other people who get you. Training with DTI has meant […]

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07 Nov 2016

Doula Training International’s Trans Health Initiative has had an exciting first year out of the gate. At almost every training, we are bringing trans and gender nonconforming doulas into our ranks and teaching all of our doulas about the importance of trans inclusion in their birth work. We have committed to gender neutral language in […]

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07 Sep 2016

the other day, a doula colleague and i were lamenting a client’s lack of support in-hospital, when she said she feels sometimes this work is like “a grain of sand in an ocean.” i know that feeling, and yet if so what a Beautiful ocean. what a scary overpowering polluted disrespected Beautiful ocean. the field […]

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04 Sep 2016

Todays Blog Post is shared from Improvingbirth.org We hope many of you will share resources from their site, consider joining their membership and show up and rally today, and each year– on Labor Day weekend. This year is focused on VBAC awareness.  Here is what Improving Birth has to say about this years VBAC access […]

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06 Aug 2016

As many as one in three American women say the birth of their child was traumatic. Last summer, Lindsay Askins, a professional birth photographer and doula at Spot of Serendipity, and Cristen Pascucci, vice president of Improving Birth and founder of Birth Monopoly, came together to create a unique visual platform called Exposing the Silence, […]

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