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16 Nov 2017

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We get into the business of birthwork because there’s too much intervention in the mainstream birth experience. There’s too many doctors speaking on behalf of pregnant people, too much policing of pregnant bodies. There’s not enough individual agency, not enough trusting of the pregnant individual […]

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24 Mar 2017

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] The Nominated DTI Doulas [/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”7440,7489,7442,7441,7443,7439,7488,7477″ display_title_caption=”true” layout=”4″ gallery_style=”4″ img_size=”400×400″][vc_column_text] Like with all designated days, weeks and months of the year, we’d just like to start off by saying that we appreciate our doula family each and every day. You all […]

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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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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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01 Sep 2016

pregnant,  swollen, heavy with red blood.  the swelling and growing takes some adjusting.  so many years of chasing tightness. firm, flat, strong and now I am just supposed to let it grow? i go to bed, my belly hurts. my baby is breech. midwife says I must learn to relax my belly. no holding, create […]

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21 Jul 2016

Two years ago I made a choice. It was informed, heartfelt, safe, family centered and also very difficult. At 37 weeks and 1 day, with the support of my husband and our midwife, I chose to give birth to our frank breech baby at home. This was the right choice, the safe choice and the […]

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