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By: MoMo

Fri, 11 Apr 2008 15:12:37 +0000

Maybe I'm on the naive side of things, but I wondered if it isn't also a good idea for a doula to perhaps evaluate what situations she feels she can not render service? She has the right to refuse service, right? If I were an exceptionally religious person who say wanted everyone to pray at the birth and the doula didn't feel comfy for that, I wouldn't hold it against her for saying she wasn't the right doula for me. I just think we need to be open minded about this and not jump to calling everyone a bigot if they don't act or feel the same way. Everyone is unique. What is important is finding that doula who fits you best. And believe me, just because the mom and doula are both "conservative" or "liberal" or whatever, that's not always an automatic guaranteed fit.

By: Anne

Tue, 08 Apr 2008 01:22:03 +0000

That breaks my heart. A doula should be open to a woman's choices, not bound by her own agenda ;-(

By: A birth story to brighten up your friday « Radical Doula

Fri, 07 Mar 2008 20:28:08 +0000

[...] birth story to brighten up your friday Some of you may remember a while back when I posted a call for radical doulas. A woman (who I will call J) had reached out to me because she was having real difficulty finding a [...]

By: Good News Update: A Call for Radical Doulas « Radical Doula

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 16:37:32 +0000

[...] News Update: A Call for Radical Doulas About two months ago, I posted a call for radical doulas, because a woman had emailed me who was having trouble finding a doula to attend her birth. [...]

By: Kat

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 21:59:01 +0000

Hi, I'm a volunteer doula/midwife student in Minneapolis. It seems like you have a wealth of responses here, but if you are still searching, my email is donnelkh at gmail dot com.

By: Connie Tallen

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 15:03:40 +0000

I am both sad and appalled that someone could be treated this way. Everyone deserves love and support during labor and I believe that everyone has a right to choose the kind of birth options that they would like. I congratulate you on your generous gift of love to this couple. Noone could give a greater gift. While epidurals can lead to problems sometimes, they do not always. In my heart, I am always a proponent of natural birth but that is an individual choice and I would support any decision that you would choose in an informed way. I believe I would be available to assist you in your birth. I am a new doula and I am working on my certification. I am 58 years old and do have some experience because 28 years ago I worked "coaching" (as they used to call it)) single mothers but I have not so in recent years. I have gone through Doula training and am eagar to get started once again. If you are interested in contacting me, you can call me at 651-645-8207. A possible plus side to a new doula is that we work for free. I am leaving the country from the 13th of October through the 6th of November for my grandson's birthday in France. Please call before if you are interested. Whatever you choose to do I wish you the best of luck. Sincerely, Connie

By: susan lane

Tue, 02 Oct 2007 05:48:56 +0000

Hi, I am wondering where and when you are giving birth? I cannot travel that far ( I don't even do suburbs largely because I have a somewhat unreliable old car so I need to be within affordable taxi distance of clients).......but I do have connections to doulas around the state through both DONA and Lamaze and I'd be happy to try and find someone who is right for you....... So where are you giving birth? Who are your caregivers? What is your due date estimated? That info will help me find a doula who can serve you. I want to say that I am lesbian-friendly and totally comfortable with surrogate birthing, but I am less comfortable with the epidural thing because it's risky for baby and risky for birth mom (you) and I have the evidence-based randomized controlled trials that demonstrate that statement. Giving birth is one of the hardest things a woman does in her life, a peak life experience like climbing a mountain or growing a prize bull for the state fair or composing a's a work of a lifetime. Just because you aren't keeping the baby doesn't mean you can avoid the significance of this ultimate sexual event in your life. I think there may be good reason for you to consider epidural anesthesia, but it should be discussed with intended parents, what the effects on baby will be and how they can compensate, and it needs to be considered from a number of points of view by you yourself. There are over 30 side effects of epidurals, one of which is the increased liklihood of cesarean, and that comes with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality for the birth mom and baby.......I am not trying to frighten you but if you are mentally healthy then you want to know what risks you are taking in the process of birthing this child, when those risks are justified, and what the alternatives might be. Also, do you know what "cocktail" of drugs your local hospital includes in their epidurals? Over ten drugs that I am aware of are often included, and some are not approved by the FDA (they are "off label") So please don't think that doulas who have concerns about epidurals are all a bunch of granolas trapped in sixties romantic views childbirth. My data is post-2000, and doesn't indicate that epidurals are bad in all cases, only that they have serious side effects for mothers and babies that must be weighted against the mother's needs and desired outcomes for both mom and babe. I can't be your doula, but I'd like to help you find the right person and I am also available to discuss your birth options, share data on birth methods, and help you have all the information you need to decide what's safest and best for you and baby. I can be reached at 612-722-7001 or at You are someone's angel to do this hard and blessed thing. Be an angel to yourself at the same time. This can be. Susan Lane

By: Red Pomegranate

Mon, 01 Oct 2007 20:01:38 +0000

I'm from Mankato (currently living in the Cities) and know many of the doulas there, I'm saddened that she's (you've) had to put up with this bollocks but I can assure you that not all doulas judge your choices. I'm due any day now, by the time you're ready to have your baby I may be taking clients again, so if you'd like to talk, just let me know. Otherwise goodluck, I know you'll find just the right person to support you!

By: radicaldoula

Mon, 01 Oct 2007 19:55:43 +0000

Thank you so much to everyone who has pitched in on this effort! We've made some progress--I'm really impressed by what results can come from internet mobilizing.

By: Beth Stenglein

Mon, 01 Oct 2007 14:37:06 +0000

Hello, I'm on the board of an organization called the Childbirth Collective here in Minneapolis and I have passed along this information to our members, several of them are interested and said they will email you.