toRaise Questions Doula Podcast

Being on call is one of the hardest aspects of doula life. As we head into the busiest holiday season in the US, Therese and Sarah talk about how to deal with being on call, practically, spiritually, and emotionally, an issue that affects us all year round but that can feel especially present during the winter.

Direct download: Episode_33.mp3
Category:Self Care -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Therese and Sarah talk to Terri, a doula in San Diego who has a client who wants to try to VBAC with a breech baby and a bicornate, or heart-shaped uterus. Therese helps Terri sort out the options and choices she can give her client.

Direct download: Episode_32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:41pm EST

Most doulas will eventually have a client who is angry at them, whether fairly or unfairly. Therese and Sarah talk about how to handle being blamed for something you feel is not your fault and also how to grapple with the realization that you did make mistakes and that a client has legitimate complaints.

Direct download: Episode_31.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am EST

How to talk to and support clients after a birth that didn't go as they planned and how to balance your vision of how the client's birth went with theirs.

Direct download: Episode_30.mp3
Category:Interventions -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Sarah and Therese talk to Erica, an experienced postpartum doula about the role of the postpartum doula in supporting families.

Direct download: Epsiode_29.mp3
Category:Postpartum -- posted at: 9:09am EST

Sarah and Therese discuss the realities of competitive attitudes in birth work especially among doulas and midwifes.

Direct download: Epsiode_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss the importance of the postpartum visit.  

Direct download: Episode_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08am EST

Sarah and Therese discuss ways for doulas to work constructively within the hospital setting to make sure their clients' voices are heard.

Direct download: Episode_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss prenatal visits.  

Direct download: Episode_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss a range of topics including doulas trusting their own instincts while encouraging their clients to trust theirs.  

Direct download: Episode_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

Jessica from Vermont joins Sarah and Therese to talk about a birth she supported involving a swollen cervix and a birth center to hospital transfer. 

Direct download: Episode_23.mp3
Category:Interventions -- posted at: 10:26am EST

Jen Kamel, founder of VBAC Facts (www.vbacfacts.com), joins Therese and Sarah to talk about common vbac myths and how doulas can support and educate clients seeking a VBAC

Direct download: Episode_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Heather from Oregon joins Sarah and Therese to talk through a difficult birth involving a long induction, a lot of unforeseen interventions, and an angry and anxious partner.

Direct download: Episode21.mp3
Category:Partners -- posted at: 10:04pm EST

Episode 20 - Birth Your Business:  Sarah Juliusson talks with Sarah and Therese about her experience helping people start, grow and sustain their own birth businesses.

Direct download: Episode_20_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Sarah and Therese follow up on their discussion about Caeserian Sections.

Direct download: Episode_19.mp3
Category:Interventions -- posted at: 10:50am EST

Sarah and Therese talk to Miriam Zoila Perez, the Radical Doula of http://radicaldoula.com/.  Also check out her TEDx talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCsIhuR5fqU

Direct download: Episode_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EST

Therese and Sarah talk about the doulas role when a c-section is suggested by the care provider but not yet medically necessary. 

Direct download: Episode_17.mp3
Category:Interventions -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

Sarah and Therese tackle some thorny questions from listeners.

Direct download: Episode16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

This week's toRaise Questions doula podcast features a conversation with Dr. Stuart Fischbein (https://www.facebook.com/DrStuartFischbein) , an OBGYN in LA who has been a tireless advocate for choice, autonomy, and informed consent in birth for more than 30 years. We talk to him about how doulas can and should work with OBs. Check out his weekly birth podcast,http://drstuspodcast.com/, and his website at birthinginstincts.com. Dr. Stu has won three Physician of the Year awards and one Lifetime Achievement Award from the Doula Association of Southern California. 

Direct download: Episode_15.mp3
Category:obstetricians -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Therese tells the story of her daughter Happy Anne and how the experiences she has been through have informed her doula practice

Direct download: Episode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am EST

Sarah interviews Therese about how she got into birth work and some of her background.

Direct download: Episode_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Carrie calls in to tell the story of a very long labor that she attended and discuss all the decision points that faced her and the laboring mother along the way.  

Direct download: Episode_12_-_Fixed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am EST

A disturbingly large percentage of women have a history of sexual abuse, which history may or may not cause challenges during labor.  Sarah and Therese discuss compassionate and responsible ways of approaching this difficult topic in doula practice.

Direct download: Episode_11.mp3
Category:sex abuse -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss setting appropriate boundaries and standards of self-care for doulas to protect both the birth experience and their own work-life harmony.

 

 

Direct download: Episode_10.mp3
Category:Self Care -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Pitocin is among the most common medical interventions used by laboring women and their care providers to induce and/or accelerate labor.  Sarah and Therese discuss the hormone and its relationship to the role of the doula.

Direct download: Episode_09.mp3
Category:Interventions -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss the role of the birth partner and other non-professionals who may attend a birth.

Direct download: Episode_08.mp3
Category:Partners -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Sarah and Therese have a chat with Kim James, founder of DoulaMatch.net, and talk about what makes a great match between doula and client.

Direct download: Episode_07.mp3
Category:DoulaMatch -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Sarah and Therese take some time to answer listener questions submitted via email, including the topic of texting vs. talking on the phone with clients.

Direct download: Episode_06_-_FIXED.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am EST

Sarah and Therese discuss doula certification and take a call from Jordana about swollen cervix.

Direct download: Episode_05_-_Small.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss prodromal labor.  

Direct download: Episode_04_Small.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

Sarah and Therese discuss the benefits and dangers of social media in doula work and take two calls from doulas about the role of social media in doula practice.

Direct download: Episode_3_SocialMedia.mp3
Category:Social Media -- posted at: 10:16am EST

Sarah and Therese discuss posterior positioning and what can be done to help a laboring woman whose baby is in a persistent posterior position.

Direct download: Episode_2_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Sarah and Therese discuss inductions and take a question about how long a doula should continue to work during her own pregnancy.

Direct download: Episode_1_FINAL.mp3
Category:Interventions -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

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