Online Gems for Doulas

I’m going to periodically share some of the best things I’ve read online that I think will be useful for doulas. I won’t promise any regular schedule on these shares, but I’ll try to do it as often as I can. And now, for today’s links:

What on call can really be like – written mainly for doctors, this rings very true to me. I’ve spent most of the last 20 years on call, and it really wears you down. Please, in your doula career, let yourself have time off call. Find, cultivate and don’t be afraid to use good backup. Shared call systems are not a bad thing.

A look at certification – from Stacie Bingham – if you’re trying to decide whether certification is for you or not, this will give you some things to think about.

When your client receives a diagnosis – Includes some very useful tips on how you can support a client through a diagnosis, whether that is a short term condition (like one that will resolve after delivery) or a long term one (like a baby with a genetic condition.)

The Legless, Headless Pregnant Bump – I don’t 100% agree with this article, as I think there are times a faceless image works better, but I do think it’s important to think about and consider which kinds of images we are using to represent pregnant people.

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