Happy New Year! In this new year I’m working with Deena Blumenfeld of Shining Light Prenatal Education in Lawrenceville. With her I will be offering concierge lactation consulatation — both at Shining Light and in-home consults. I’ll be offering classes in Hypnobirthing as well as Breastfeeding for Doulas and other classes. I’m excited and energized to be starting 2015 working with Deena and Shining Light!
Marie Biancuzzo’s interview of me about how doulas can help women succeed with breastfeeding will be on Monday, December 30th at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Please listen in! Here is the link to follow for the radio show, “Born to be Breastfed”. Later, the show will join Marie’s show index and can be listened to at any time.
I enjoyed talking with Marie Biancuzzo. Her passion for helping nursing mothers inspires me. She is also kind enough to answer my questions about breastfeeding and breastfeeding research. You never stop learning!
I’m getting ready to record an episode of “Born to Be Breastfed” with Marie Biancuzzo. We’ll be talking especially about how doulas help new mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding. Marie is a tireless breastfeeding advocate and someone I admire a lot, so I’m really looking forward to our talk. I’ll let you know when the episode airs.
-Dr. John H. Kennell
I’m missing Dr. John Kennell, who died recently after a long illness. I met him when he came to speak at our 2003 doula conference. My family was lucky enough to have dinner with him and talk to him, about birth among other things. He co-wrote The Doula Book and was a founder of our current doula movement. He was an indomitable spirit who encouraged me and Jan Mallak in our quest to write our own doula book. When we did, he graciously wrote our foreword and endorsed our book. He was a founder of Doulas of North America and a great believer in the helping hand of a doula in labor. As a doula myself, I know he will be missed.
DONA’s website says this about Dr. Kennell:
“It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the August 27, 2013 death of one of our beloved founders, John H. Kennell, MD. A pediatrician, Dr. Kennell and his colleague, neonatologist Dr. Marshall Klaus, conducted the earliest controlled trials examining the effects of continuous support on labor outcomes. They noted impressive results.
In 1992, Drs. Kennell and Klaus, Phyllis Klaus, Penny Simkin and Annie Kennedy founded Doulas of North America (now DONA International) to train and certify labor support companions. His famous quote about doulas has inspired families and birth advocates worldwide: “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” (1998)”
Here is a link to the short video, The Essential Ingredient,: Doula, which has Dr. Kennell speaking about the doula movement.