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So You’re Pregnant! Now WHAT?!

So you are expecting a baby some time in the next 9 months… what now? Here’s some guidance: Get Educated! Attend classes! There are a range of classes for people who are expecting a baby, from breastfeeding information to CPR, classes for dads, grandparetns and even for kids looking forward to siblings. Classes can prepare …

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The Birth Doula Training Workshop Experience

My Thoughts on the Doula Training Workshop: Workshop Participant and BirthWell Partners Spring Intern, Racquel McCrary shares her thoughts on attending BirthWell Partners Spring 2017 Birth Doula Training Workshop.   The Doula Training Workshop was more than a training workshop for me. It was an experience that inspired me to grow in appreciation of the …

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How to Become a Doula

Yay! You want to be a Doula Being a doula means you get to be with a family when they welcome a new baby into the world. You are also a support for your client during pregnancy; sharing information, providing referrals to great resources, meeting and being available by phone. After the baby is born, …

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What my Doula did for ME

Doula: Proven to benefit your labor Having a Doula at your birth is proven to reduce your chances of a c-section and improve your birth experience. Doulas are there to support the mother during one of the most exciting AND challenging times of her life. A doula provides the mother with physical, emotional, and informational …

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Meet Anne Pautler: BirthWell Partners volunteer and DONA certified doula

The grassroots assistance that BirthWell Partners offers in promoting women’s health services is invaluable in the greater Birmingham community. BWP has given me the opportunity to do outreach at women’s health fairs, attend and support community childbirth education classes, and serve low-resource mothers during pregnancy and birth. This organization works tirelessly to promote and support …

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Meet Bethany Boggan: BirthWell Partners volunteer and DONA certified doula

September 2016 Being a doula has taught me a lot over the past several years. It’s taught me to listen, to be more empathetic, and the best ways to show empathy. Sometimes all one needs is someone to listen. Someone to hold on to who will tell them they’re not alone. As a birth doula …

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Meet Rebekah Teel: BirthWell Partners volunteer and DONA certified doula

   I received the BirthWell Partners Scholarship in October of 2013. Since that time I have been privileged to attend 10 births as a volunteer doula for women in need. And even though my “obligation” as a volunteer has been fulfilled, I continue to offer my services free of charge on a regular basis. Why …

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Meet Rashauna Carter, former doula client and current doula volunteer!

May 2016 BirthWell Partners Community Doula Project has impacted my life in ways that leave me humbled and thankful. My journey with BirthWell started as a client and has continued with my completing Doula training, and currently working on becoming DONA certified. When I encountered BirthWell Partners I had lost my corporate career and had …

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Thank you to UABs Benevolent Fund

Thank you to UABs Benevolent Fund for awarding us a grant to provide childbirth education in the community, paired with training a doula from that community to serve the families in the class!!!

Thank you to the Caring Foundation

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of AL for continuing to support our Community Doula Project. For the third year running, this foundation has supported the training of new doulas to provide pregnancy and labor support for low-resource moms in our community! Thank …

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