Hospitals Credentialing Doulas? Yes, please!

Catie Mehl For Doulas, Medical Professionals 2 Comments

Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA is working on putting a doula credentialing policy into place.  This policy would require doulas who are hired by families planning on giving birth at Lakeview to: Sign a Scope of Service agreement (which is very similar to ProDoula’s Standards of Professionalism) Sign a Job Description agreement (also very similar to ProDoula’s description …

Can You Prevent a Bad Birth Experience?

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth 1 Comment

Forward by Cofounder of Columbus Birth and Parenting, Leah Kayes: I remember going back to work 3 months after my first daughter was born.  I remember exactly how it felt to see friends and colleagues for the first time, many of whom were already parents.  They knew the transition I was going through.  They’d been there.  Most memorable to me, …

We’re Not Birth Activists

Catie Mehl Labor & Birth, Medical Professionals 2 Comments

We’re not birth activists.  Birth activists have an angle.  Sometimes their angle is specific to a certain type of birth.  I know this because I used to be one.  My personal activist philosophy looked like this: when asked, I absolutely supported how a person wanted their birth to be.  That support included me giving information that was biased toward unmedicated …