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.
It has aired and you can listen to it here.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
-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.
Here is the “Heart and Hands” Most Friendly Doula Award that I received July 2013. I was very honored by it!
Last week I took a master class on that amazing piece of cloth, the rebozo, with Gena Kirby. Gena has an amazing passion for the rebozo as a cultural staple as well as a tool to use during birth. She helped us understand much more about our attitudes towards both birthing moms and dads and our place in the birth as doulas. She gave us this quote (a common saying from Africa):
“Being pregnant and giving birth are like crossing a narrow bridge. People can accompany you to the bridge and they can greet you on the other side but you walk the bridge alone.”
She went on to say that the rebozo was like the rail of the bridge. Sometimes you don’t need to use the rail, having it there is support enough. Sometimes the rail is essential. It depends on your journey.
Below are three photos I took during the class. The first shows a laboring woman supported by 2 rebozos while pushing. The second shows the laboring mom being supported under her shoulders while the rebozo helps her move her baby. The third shows the laboring mom holding the ends of the rebozo while she pushes. Thanks to Gena, I’m incorporating some new ideas and techniques into my doula practice!