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 […]

Covid-19 and Childbirth

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | March 31, 2020

  The Corona Virus pandemic is a new disease causing massive confusion, uncertainty, suffering, and death. We all have questions, many of which cannot be answered at this early stage of the pandemic. We do know that the virus is spread mostly through respiratory droplets produced when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes. We […]

Feeling Spirituality in Birth

By Allison Hayek | March 30, 2020

At the peak of childbirth, a woman in labor not only has the capacity to heal herself, but to heal the whole of humanity – her own liberation contributing to the liberation of humanity through the web of global consciousness to which we all belong. BirthWorks philosophy: Birth is instinctive, Birth is sacred, Birth is […]

Sleep? What Sleep?

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | February 17, 2020

“The one thing nobody told me about having a baby was about sleep and how exhausted I would be! I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in over six months!” Many new parents are completely unprepared to cope with a baby who does not sleep well, who wakes up much more often than normal during […]

Food As Medicine (FAM) 2020 Event in New Jersey

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | January 30, 2020

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  Hippocrates SOLD OUT!  120 people attend our very successful Food As Medicine event held in NJ on January 25, 2020.   People attended from all walks of life, wanting to know more about how to improve their health through the food they eat.  The message […]