27 Aug 2021

DTI already had a great month, and the next few weeks are going to be a very exciting time for our growing community of doulas. From events and news, we have a lot of special ways that you can experience our community and learn from each other. But if you’ve missed any of our announcements […]

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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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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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04 Sep 2016

Todays Blog Post is shared from 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 May 2016

Elizabeth Mangum Sarach is a doula, childbirth educator, clinical social worker, and owner of BirthFocus NYC. She is a long-time friend of DTI co-founders Tara Brooke and Gina Giordano. Elizabeth, Tara, and Gina were doula colleagues in NYC for a decade and have remained friends over the years. Later, Elizabeth relocated to Austin, Texas where […]

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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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19 Aug 2013

The late summer air, cooler and crisper with each passing evening, has put me in a reflective mood. I find myself struck by the immense gift that we doulas are given when  we choose to walk this path of unconditional support. After more than a decade as a doula, I can say with certainty that […]

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24 Jun 2013

It was my third birth as a doula. I focused completely on the mother. At 8 cm dilated, she moved, swayed, and surrendered to the powerful energy of transition. Determined to have a successful VBAC, she committed herself to the flow of natural labor. It had been a long haul. After being with her for […]

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