The Use of Research to Discuss the Benefits of Doula Support

Catie Mehl For Doulas, Labor & Birth, Medical Professionals 3 Comments

I often see doulas citing statistics about the benefits of doula support. And why not? There’s a fantastic 118 page Cochrane Review on the benefits of continuous labor support and a terrific summary of the review can be found on Evidence Based Birth’s blog about doulas. It seems pretty clear from the research that doulas are awesome, so why not …

Meet Catie Mehl, Co-Owner of CBP

Leah Kayes For Doulas, Labor & Birth, Meet Me Monday, Newborns, Parenting, Postpartum, Pregnancy 0 Comments

Catie Mehl is the other owner of Columbus Birth & Parenting.  She and her husband Jim have been married for almost 15 years and live in Dublin, Ohio.  Catie is a proud step parent to 2 beautiful young women and Jim and Catie have a son and a daughter together.  Catie moved A LOT as a child and the longest …

Does baby’s position matter in labor? (Part 1 of 2)

Catie Mehl For Doulas, Pregnancy 16 Comments

We hear this question from pregnant women and doulas often. “My friend said her labor was horrific because her baby was posterior (OP)! How do I make sure this doesn’t happen to me?” “My client has been having start and stop labor for days. I wonder if baby is OP. How can we get baby into a more optimal position …

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 …

Calling All Helpers!

Catie Mehl For Doulas 0 Comments

Ever since I was a child my favorite Mr. Rogers story has been about helpers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words …