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 …

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 …

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 …