05 May 2016

  “In the end, it all comes down to the baby’s need to nurse, so I nurse her. She doesn’t know I’m trans, but understands that when she’s tired, sad, or hungry, there’s no cure quite like breastfeeding. [My son] was the same. And I’m his Dada. He has never—and I’m sure never will —call […]

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31 Mar 2016

Is a doula an advocate? There is perhaps no question that inspires such passionate answers from doulas all over the world. The idea of a doula as an advocate or activist for many brings to mind a picture of a torch-wielding person barging into a sacred birth space and forcefully pushing a certain agenda on […]

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22 Mar 2016

We are excited to announce that Becky Alford has joined DTI’s core team as the Social Justice Program Advisor. Becky has been a part of the DTI family as both a DTI doula and educator for quite some time teaching DTI2 doula trainings in Syracuse, New York City, and Colorado. We are thrilled and honored […]

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25 Jan 2016

“Women’s innate wisdom. Breastfeeding. Maternal fetal transmission. Motherly instinct. Woman-centered care. Maternal antibodies. Woman in labor. Mother” All words we hear in the birth world. Some clinical, some warm and fuzzy. All describing a woman’s experience of growing and birthing and nursing her baby. But what if these words used in our professional language—used in textbooks and […]

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13 Aug 2014

  I’m often asked if there are doulas in Uganda. The answer has always been, of course. The truth is in my eight years with our NGO Village Birth International, I never saw a woman that was specifically hired to be a labor support “coach.”  I saw family. I saw sisterhood. I saw communities coming […]

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30 Oct 2013

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when? — Hillel the Elder Marshall Ganz, organizer and senior lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, uses Hillel’s centuries’ old questions as the starting point for teaching people to shape […]

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