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16 Apr 2018

[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]On Becoming What I Needed: How my experience with a perinatal mood and anxiety diagnosis helped me to be a better doula. (All photos courtesy of Jessica Vanderberg)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][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=”1/2″][vc_column_text]In 2011, my son was born at a birth […]

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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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25 Jul 2017

One of Doula Training International’s (DTI) fundamental teachings is the Slow Doula Method®, or SDM®. SDM® is a tool that we can all use to help us in times of stress—be it within ourselves or with our clients. If you are a DTI doula then you are familiar with the Slow Doula Method®. If this is […]

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06 Jun 2017

When you’re getting doula certification with DTI, we offer birth and postpartum work together because we believe the two experiences are intrinsically linked and should be taught together. Of course, after certification, whether you decide to focus on birth, postpartum, or both with your clients is ultimately up to you! What we do know is […]

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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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01 Jun 2016

Of course I put the steak in the diaper bag. I mean, what other logical thing would I have done after returning from my first grocery shopping excursion as a new mom? Five weeks into this motherhood gig, I was just thankful that we got in and out of the store without having a major […]

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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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10 Feb 2016

My world was rocked after the birth of my first child.  I wrote about it in an earlier post for DTI, Shifting the Culture of Postpartum Support.  In summary, I was simultaneously navigating my emotions about an unexpected and hard birth experience and trying to figure out what it meant to be a mother to […]

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05 Aug 2013

**Correction** An earlier version said, “To increase milk supply use, Peppermint: Five drops orally several times per day.” ________________________________________________________________________ Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, like those made by Young Living, can be an amazing natural support system for both new baby and mother. I can confidently say from experience that there is an oil for all the issues, […]

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