The doula's role

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The doula's role

A doula is a trained professional that helps a woman during the stages of pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum recovery. I always tell people that a doula is one of the oldest jobs, with the newest name. Woman always surround themselves with other women who have gone through that experience before, but now we have a title for that. We do go to training. We do get certified. We know a lot about labor and birth. What happens with the professionalization with the career and the certification, it became a little bit more expensive. A doula can be expensive depending upon the community she serves. It is very important for women to know that all organizations will provide information about volunteer doulas. Doulas that need their certification need to attend births in order to become certified. There is, definitely, a doula for every woman.

Learn about: The doula's role from Ana Paula Markel,...


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Ana Paula Markel is the mother of four children. Having experienced two cesarean births, a medicated vaginal birth and a natural birth (in that order,) Ana Paula discovered a passionate interest in the childbirth process. Her goal is to assist mothers and families to explore the many options available in childbirth and to take responsibility for their choices.

Ana Paula has been teaching a very fun and active childbirth preparation workshop in Los Angeles for the past nine years and has supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ana is also a doula trainer for DONA International and has been mentoring new doulas for the past six years. Ana Paula is honored to serve as Director of International Development for DONA International and to be on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness month.) In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a center in Los Angeles dedicated to the childbirth education field, doula training and green pregnancy retail. BINI offers a variety of classes for pregnant couples and new parents. BINI offers yoga, Hypnobirthing, breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers and Ana’s very popular workshops. BINI Birth is also the premiere doula referral service in Los Angeles. Ana Paula is passionate about connecting families of all backgrounds with their ideal birth support.

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