World Doula Week is underway right now (March 22-28), and its purpose is to empower doulas worldwide to improve the health (mental, physical, social, and emotional) of women in the birth and postpartum period. The word doula translates from Greek to mean "women's servant." But what does that encompass in today's society? Test your knowledge of what exactly a doula does, as compared to a doctor or a midwife.Take the Quiz
If a doula's job is to help a mom-to-be with her childbirth experience, who's there to help the future dad? The Dudela!
In a post to the parenting message board UrbanBaby, a new dad proposed being the go-to guy every father-to-be needs in the delivery room. Among his responsibilities are:
MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT. We will meet before the due date to craft an announcement statement, which I will send via text message to contacts of your choosing within the first hour of your baby's life. During labor and up to two hours after delivery, I will respond to all incoming texts and phone calls, taking messages when required. The battery life on all of your devices is safe in my hands. And what if she's not feeling that Bjork playlist you made for her iPod? I'll put on some Sam Cooke instead. SOCIAL NETWORK COORDINATION. Check you in at the hospital on FourSquare? Check. Update your Facebook status with baby's first picture? I like. Tweet the birth announcement? #Yes FANTASY SPORTS ASSISTANCE. The world of sports will not stop for the birth of your baby. Don't worry whether Curtis Granderson matches up well against David Price (he doesn't) or if the 49ers defense can stop the run (they can). As a veteran of many fantasy leagues, familiar with both the ESPN and Yahoo! platforms, I will ensure your team doesn't miss a beat, so you won't miss a beat in the delivery room. CONCIERGE SERVICES. You're going to want to get some celebratory cigars. Good thing I've been a subscriber to Cigar Aficionado for the last 10 years.
Is it a joke? Yes. The Daily Mail interviewed the man behind the posting who said it was a joke, but who's to say that dad doesn't need a lil helper through the labor and delivery process?
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The Business of Being Born has brought more attention to the film's star and co-producer Ricki Lake than she may have ever imagined. The former talk-show host made it her mission to birth her second baby naturally and document the experience to release to the public. She and co-producer, Abby Epstein revealed facts about epidurals, C-sections, and inductions.
As an encore, the bubbly girl from New York is back with another documentary due out this Fall. Based on their book, the new movie is called My Best Birth. It focuses on the American maternity-care system and has famous moms like Laila Ali, Melissa Joan Hart, Kristy Turlington, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley giving snippets of their own experiences. Cindy Crawford kicks off the series of four webisodes tomorrow. The videos will air each week for the next month, detailing how the women chose their midwifes, did prenatal yoga, and the lessons they learned. Watch the trailer and tell us if you'll be tuning in.
While it is quite common for women to have a doctor help them through the birthing process, many mothers-to-be opt for another approach by hiring a doula, midwife, nurse practitioner or personal coach. Some expectant ladies have a whole team for the delivery.
Aside from your partner, who helped you through your labor?
When I was pregnant, I did prenatal yoga. My instructor was a woman who doubled as a doula. According to DONA International,
The word, "doula," comes from the Greek word for the most important female slave or servant in an ancient Greek household, the woman who probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and just after childbirth.
To learn more about doulas and why some hospitals ban them, read more