Book review: Hold Your Prem by Jill Bergman with Dr. Nils Bergman

By Cristin Tighe | September 7, 2020

This book on best practices for premature baby (prem) care is invaluable. It will be exceptionally useful to empower parents of a prem AND as a resource for birth professionals. The Bergmans share best practices to meet prems’ needs that recreate as closely as possible the experience in the womb. This is quite profound, but […]

Risks and Benefits of Fetal Monitoring During Births by Horatio Daub MD, MPH

By HORATIO DAUB | September 7, 2020

In a recent article in the August 1, 2020 edition of American Family Physician which is a peer reviewed and editorially independent journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, there is an interesting study discussing “Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring.” It explains that continuous electronic fetal monitoring (CEFM) was developed to screen for evidence of fetal […]

Book Review: Nobody Told Me About That – The First Six Weeks

By Cristin Tighe | July 31, 2020

Nobody Told Me About That – The First Six Weeks by Ginger Breedlove Book review by Cristin Tighe, BWI Program Director & CCE(BWI) What a valuable read – this is the most comprehensive book about the postpartum time I’ve picked up. It’s focus on the first six weeks is key! As a mother of first […]

BirthWorks Birth Prep!

By Cristin Tighe | July 31, 2020

This virtual experience is a fantastic way to prep for birth now from home!! What a brilliant gift to give yourself or to give to new parents you know! The BirthWorks Experience helps every woman find her own best way to birth. First-time parents (as well as parents having another child) will love our engaging, […]

Book Review: Natural Labor and Birth: An Evidence-Based Guide to the Natural Birth Plan by Michelle Aristizabal, MD

By Amara Minnis, CCE | June 30, 2020

I was very pleased with Dr. Aristizabal’s book, “Natural Labor and Birth”, although I must admit I went into it thinking I would just be reading about things I already knew as I’ve attended over 700 births as a doula. That was true in most cases, but I really liked her approach. It was an […]

Choosing to Cross Certify as a Doula With BirthWorks International

By Amara Minnis, CCE | June 30, 2020

As I read “Doulas of Love” by Cathy Daub, I was reminded about why I am seeking dual certification as a doula with BirthWorks. As an experienced birth doula, I was familiar with many of the topics since I am a certified Childbirth Educator with BirthWorks. But there was an aspect of the guidebook that […]

Birthing Language by Tara Thompson, BWI Birth Doula Student

By Tara Thompson | June 1, 2020

Words are powerful, so it is important to consider what words to use around a laboring mom. Her senses are already elevated and she is on high alert, and she is perhaps now in her “primal brain”. What is said to her or in her presence is sure to have an impact on her labor […]

BirthWorks Reborn by Stephanie Parry, BWI Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula Student

By Stephanie Parry | June 1, 2020

The birthing of my career as a childbirth educator and doula began over 18 years ago, on a cold fall evening as I pushed out my VBAC baby into the bed he was conceived in, surrounded in peace and love and welcomed earth side by his parents, grandmother, and loving midwives. There is something so […]

Together With Love at an Unassisted Birth by Jules Baird (BirthWorks Doula Student)

By Julie Baird | April 29, 2020

“She’s coming, she’s coming, she’s coming!” exclaimed the birthing mother.“Your body and your baby clearly know exactly what they are doing. We are here withyou,” I responded as her doula. My name is Jules. I live down here in Christchurch, New Zealand and have recentlyattended my first two births as a Doula in training with […]

Virtual Doula-ing During Covid-19 By Amara Minnis, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA)

By Amara Minnis, CCE | April 29, 2020

These are unprecedented times. Have you heard? Of course you have. And you have probablysaid that same thing yourself. We are throwing this phrase about so much with the COVID-19pandemic that it is becoming alarmingly normal to be living in unprecedented times. Everyonehas been impacted by the adjustments that have been made to preserve health […]