What Makes HERBAL Different From Other Doula Certification Programs

What Makes HERBAL Different From Other Doula Certification Programs

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Doula certification organizations are not all the same! It is very important to be sure you know the morals and standards of a certifying program before purchasing. Be sure you can stand behind their beliefs! Many organizations have rules, obligations, additional fees, etc. Be informed before purchasing! Most all Doula & Birthkeeper certification programs will…

Traumatic Births Impact Everyone

Traumatic Births Impact Everyone

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When we talk about birth trauma, why do we look at the baby and say, “At least the baby is healthy.. You will be okay.”? Is the baby actually okay? Are the birth workers attending okay? What about mom’s partner? And is mom ever going to truly be okay after that experience? The answer is…

An Exclusive Pumper’s Experience, Twice Over

An Exclusive Pumper’s Experience, Twice Over

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HERBAL is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I never planned to be an exclusively pumping mama; in fact, I wanted more than anything to nurse my first son. But, between the NICU, lip ties, an ignorant pediatrician,…

When your Doctor Chooses for you, They aren’t Choosing FOR you.

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The practice of paternalism in the medical field is becoming more common. Where the patient is tricked into blindly trusting the doctor, because the doctor is believed to be the “educated professional”. What many do not realize is the conflict of interest that comes with their medical suggestions. Convenience and revenue are two factors that…

What Drives your Midwife? Your Desires or the Law.

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There are many different kinds of home birth midwives. There is no one-size-fits-all midwife. They can vary in their education, preferences, titles, some with licensure, and some without. So many variations to consider! There isn’t a midwife who is perfect for everyone, but there is a perfect midwife for everyone who desires to have one!…

The Equilibrium & Trauma

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As birthworkers, we sure talk a lot about preventing trauma by hiring doulas from your very first birth. Prevention is absolutely key, but we need to acknowledge when trauma is already there, too.  As a fair warning, this article mentions triggering words and scenarios that you may not be able to tolerate in every, or…

Preeclampsia; A Free Birther’s Perspective

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When someone says they had to be induced due to preeclampsia a few questions come to mind. How severe were her symptoms? How did her diet look? What did her stress level look like? Did she try to control her symptoms herself? Did she even look into the topic or did she just blindly follow…

Paternalism & How It Is Destroying Births

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Paternalism is “the policy or practice on the part of people in positions of authority of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of those subordinate to them in the subordinates’ supposed best interest.” In the United States, paternalistic healthcare is abundant, ESPECIALLY in Obstetrics and Gynecology offices, and Labor and Delivery rooms. Nurses, OB’s and Midwives,…

Tell the OB to wait in the OR where they belong!

Tell the OB to wait in the OR where they belong!

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Obstetricians, especially males, have ZERO place in a delivery room. Don’t get me wrong, they have a place! As trained surgeons they belong in the OR, waiting for a TRUE emergency. Obstetric violence has been a thing since obstetrics began many years ago. A small look into the history of obstetrics would leave you disgusted…

Trailing Membranes: A Stage 5 Clinger Sac

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The amniotic sac, though strong enough to hold a baby, or multiple, for a full term pregnancy, is also very delicate. As baby’s head tears through the sac to come down and out, it’s possible the sac can become torn apart and small or large pieces left behind, even after the placenta emerges.  This is…

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