Teen parenting

By Lindsay Wolff | June 2, 2016

I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to start offering volunteer services for expectant teens. All I knew was that teens are amongst those who may be lacking support from friends and family, and thus may benefit the most from having a doula.  I also knew that I like…

Benefits of continuous support in labor

By Lindsay Wolff | May 31, 2016

Source: Amorim MMR and Katz L. Continuous support for women during childbirth: RHL commentary (last revised: 1 May 2012). The WHO Reproductive Health Library; Geneva: World Health Organization. Compared with usual care, the provision of continuous support to women during labour increases the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, reduces the duration of labour and use of…

Doulas may be valuable member of any birth team

By Lindsay Wolff | April 19, 2016

Much of the work of being a doula involves leaving our assumptions at the door. We find ourselves constantly humbled by the varieties of birth outcomes and the routes that lead there. Good doula work does not allow for an agenda- not a physical one, not an emotional one, and surely not one that is…

New research shows doulas reduce cesarean rate by 60-80%- benefit mostly occurring in wealthy, white demographic.

By Lindsay Wolff | April 6, 2016

The American Journal of Managed Care recently released a study that shows hiring a doula can decrease the likelihood of giving birth by cesarean by up to 60-80%! That is truly an incredible effect! However promising this statistic, 40% of the participants were not even aware of doulas. The report also states Black and publicly…