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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 72: ‘Two Pink Lines’ Featuring Nathalie Saenz

Two pink lines. I blink back tears, and wait for the stick to come back into focus. Two.pink.lines. This isn’t what pregnancy was supposed to look like. I was supposed to see those blushing bars while perched at the foot of my 4 poster bed, holding hands with my tall, dark, and handsome-in our luxury open concept […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 28

We are wrapping up this weeks topic-‘The Benefits of Herbs During the Pregnancy and Postpartum Periods’ on fire with Demetria Clark! This episode is a continuation of Episode 27, if you haven’t checked it out already, you should!  In addition to being a powerhouse of passion and inspiration, Demetria is the Global Director of Birth Arts […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 27

Demetria Clark is back, and rocking our socks off once again in this incredibly informative episode on the benefits of herbs during the pregnancy and postpartum periods! In addition to being a powerhouse of passion and inspiration, Demetria is the Global Director of Birth Arts International, and the Founder of Heart of Herbs school. Listen […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 26

Tashona Winslow is a doula and Licensed Massage Therapist who specializes in woman’s wellness. She is certified in Peri-natal and Fertility Massage, and is devoted to helping her clients restore their mind, body and spirit -to enable them to better do what they were created for. Tashona has an endearing voice and musical laugh, making this […]

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Compassion and Spice, Character and Life- that’s what Doulas are made of.

Doulas, Newsflash: You Rock. Not only do you juggle birth work, business building, and family life, but you look hella good while doing it. You lose sleep, time, and energy in the pursuit of your passion on the reg. You earn.every.dollar. You stay updated. You create valuable content. You tweet, Facebook, and Canva #likeaboss. You […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 25

Elaine Stillerman is a licensed massage therapist who pioneered working with pregnant women in 1980. She went on to develop ‘Mother Massage’, a professional training course. Elaine is the author of four highly acclaimed books, and has written articles for numerous venues such as massage magazine and midwifery today, for whom she is a regular presenter. […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 24

Brandi Spray is a Birth doula, Childbirth Educator, and owner of Dayspring Doula. It was such a hoot having her on the show, our interview was filled with tender moments between spurts of nervous giggles. A Hypnobirthing enthusiast and birth photographer, Brandi is a woman full of passion for her work and it was great listening […]

7 Things That Happen When You Become a Birth Worker

You are in awe of and simultaneously terrified during every full & blue moon. If your birth bag wasn’t in your car already, it is now. Your eyeballs hurt from rolling so hard at every television and movie depiction of childbirth. Even the most totes-adorbs of baby strollers lose their charm. Baby wearing is where […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 23

In this episode, doula, IBCLC, Bradley birth method child educator, and La Leche League Leader Tina Castellanos outlines the history and resources the ‘La Leche League’ has to offer to both birth workers and their clients. Tina is an extraordinary woman- a mother of three who divides her time between family, birth work, and spreading birth awareness […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 22

Chantal Shelstad is a placenta encapsulation specialist and doula who joins us in this episode, providing one heck of a unique Birth Worker Feature! Not only does Chantal talk about her inspiring journey as a birth worker, but she also shares with us what it’s like to be a doula in Seoul, South Korea! Listen in today […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 21

In this episode we’re talking doula teams with the absolutely delightful Dr. Mai, our first official repeat guest. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Dr. Mai’s Birth Worker Feature, where we discuss the highs, lows, and lessons learned on her journey to becoming a birth worker.  Dr. Mai was so sweet to return to […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 20

Clarissa Sanchez  is a “new-la” doula, and it was incredibly brave and inspiring for her to come and share her journey on the ‘Dearest Doula’ podcast. We discussed what inspired Clarissa to pursue birth work, her passions, strengths, weaknesses, and so much more. She possesses a kind and caring soul, and it was so nice to […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 19

It was both an incredible honor and incredible fun interviewing Birth Doula Program Chair Bonita “Bonnie” Katz of the ICEA. She is full of passion and a remarkable kindness- even going so far as to switch out of a squeaky chair before the show to ensure that our listeners get top-notch audio quality! In this […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 18

Jennifer Mumford is a birth doula, placenta encapsulator and busy mother currently serving clients in the New England area. It was a pleasure having her on, and she shared some great insights into what it’s like being a birth worker. She is doing great things for the doula community, tune in to find out more! Dearest […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 17

We recently had Dr. Vivian Keeler, Vice President of the ‘Hypnobirthing Institute’ on the show, where she outlined the fascinating history and philosophy behind the ‘Hypnobirthing Institute’. We discussed different pathways towards aligning yourself with the ‘Hypnobirthing Institute’ as well as other amazing resources. It was a joy to speak with Dr. Keeler, her passion […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 16

Jennifer Marsland is a doula, Licensed Massage Therapist, and owner of Rainier Holistic LLC, serving clients in the Charleston, SC area. She recently came on to the ‘Dearest Doula’ podcast to share her journey as a birth worker, and it was wonderful. Jennifer offers great advice and resources for prospective doulas, and addresses some issues we can […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 15

In this episode we’re talking about the Cornerstone doula training process with the absolutely delightful Nickie Tilsner! A Certified Doula with over 16 years of experience,  Nickie is also a Co-Founder & Trainer for Cornerstone. In this episode we take a close look at the Cornerstone philosophy and modules- which are both unique and amazing. Dearest Doula […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 14

Brianna Ecklid is a “new-la” doula, and it was a blast having her on the show. Always working on something cool and creative, Brianna divides her time between writing, knitting, and being an awesome single mom and birth worker. She is currently serving clients in the Gladstone, Michigan area. Her journey is full of heart, and I […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 13: ‘Birth Boot Camp’ Featuring Maria Pokluda

In this episode, Doula trainer and program developer Maria Pokluda outlines the ‘Birth Boot Camp’ doula training process. Maria is an extraordinary woman- a mother of four who divides her time between family, serving clients, and training doulas so that they can properly gain a firm grasp on the importance of relational support when it comes […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 12

Hillary Melchiors is a birth doula, and owner of ‘The Doula Group of Evansville’, serving clients in the Tri-State area. She also holds her PhD in Medical Anthropology, as well as a Masters in Public Health. Our interview was full of giggles and value, I am so glad she made the time to come onto ‘Dearest Doula’ to […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 11

In this episode we’re talking birth plans with the absolutely delightful Mrs. Raven Haymond, a Rebozo Certified Doula, and owner of ‘Doula Raven’. When she is not busy being a mother to four little ones, Raven is serving clients in the Salt Lake City area. Raven recently took some time to come on to the […]

Birth Workers Are The Best Workers

Dearest Readers, Last week I checked in on my media hosting stats, and saw something that took my breath away. I HAVE to share this with you, because it’s your win as much as it is mine.   Something AMAZING is Happening. People are tuning in to the podcast, and spreading the word of what […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 8

Tara Van Dyke is a birth doula, mother of 4, and owner of ‘In the Family Way’ doula services. She is currently serving clients in the western suburbs of Chicago, and recently took the time to come onto ‘Dearest Doula’ to share her journey with us. Growing up with two parents who were birth workers, […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 9

I learned so much during my interview with Amanda, and I am so excited to bring you all this episode. Amanda is a remarkable woman- she is a nurse, doula, childbirth educator, co-creator and trainer for Birth Boot Camp Doula, founder of Nola Nesting, and a mother of three. In this episode, Amanda shares insight […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 8

Shannon Klee is a birth doula, placenta encapsulator, and owner of Wise Path Birthing Services. She is currently serving clients in the Ashburn, Virginia, DC Metro area, and recently took the time to come onto ‘Dearest Doula’ to share her journey with us. I had an absolute blast interviewing Shannon, she has a wonderful spirit […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 7

When I took my first doula training, it was mentioned that Marya would be soon visiting our city to lead a ‘Spinning Babies’ workshop, and the room immediately began buzzing with excitement- so much so that you would have thought they had just announced George Clooney was coming! I recently had the amazing opportunity to […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 6

Brittany Oracheski is a birth and postpartum doula, placenta encapsulator, childbirth educator, and owner of Olive Branch Doula and Birth Services. She is currently serving clients in the Wainwright, Alberta area, and recently took the time to come onto ‘Dearest Doula’ to share her amazing journey with us. Her commitment to serving families with positive, caring intentions […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 5: ‘Birth Arts International’ Featuring Demetria Clark

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 05 How does one begin to properly introduce an amazing woman like Demetria? She is the global director and founder of Birth Arts International, and when she is not busy being an organizational director, author, master herbalist, aromatherapist, certified doula trainer, childbirth educator, or midwife, she is busy homeschooling her two […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 4

Sandra Nishihata is a full spectrum doula, placenta encapsulator, and co-owner of The Birth House birthing facility. She is currently serving clients in the Metro-Detroit area, and recently took the time to come onto ‘Dearest Doula’ to share her amazing journey with us. I had an absolute blast interviewing Sandra. Her delightful manner, contagious laugh, […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 3

Kate Taylor is a board certified music therapist and labor support Doula. She is currently serving clients in the northwest suburbs region of Chicago . She has a passion for combining her love of music and creative energy with birth support. Dearest Doula community, Kate shares her valuable insights and journeys on Dearest Doula today! […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 2

Nikki Shaheed is an absolute powerhouse- she manages to juggle her roles of wife, mother of 2 (soon 3!), Birthing from Within Mentor, Doula, leader of the San Antonio Chapter of ICAN, and the vice president of the San Antonio chapter of the Central Texas Doula Association with grace. It was my absolute pleasure to […]

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Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 1: Birth Worker Feature with Dr. Mai

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 001: Birth Worker Feature with Dr. Mai Dr. Mai Heath is a Doctor of naturopathic medicine, and a birth Doula who is currently serving clients in the Toronto, Ontario area. She is a wellness and birth advocate, who uses her charming personality and sharp wit to “bridge art and science” for […]

Dearest Doula Podcast Episode 000

Nathalie Saenz is the creator and host of the ‘Dearest Doula’ podcast. She is also a birth and postpartum doula, serving clients in the Bastrop, Tx area. In this short, introductory interview, listeners will have the opportunity to learn about Nathalie and what she hopes the podcast will bring to the birth community worldwide. Subscribe to […]

Dearest Doula is coming to iTunes and Stitcher!!!

Dearest Reader, I am SO excited to announce that after months of hard work, late nights, and little sleep, I can finally bring to you the “Dearest Doula” podcast! Dearest Doula will be releasing some AMAZING interviews in just a few days! In the meantime, I invite you to take a listen to my teaser […]

The Miracle of Milk

Confession: If I were a man, I’d be a total boob guy. I don’t mean to sound crude…but breasts ARE awesome! Your breasts, believe it or not, were ready for work before you were even born. As an article from BabyCenter puts it “By the time you were born, your main milk ducts – a network of […]

Making the Cut? Wait a minute…or three.

We’ve seen it a dozen times; The cute rom-com expectant parents rush into the hospital, baby well on the way. The mother wails, there is a big push-and baby is out! Hoots and hollers fill the delivery room as the doctor proudly holds up the newborn and reveals the sex. The parents are in tears, […]

Becoming a Doula? Step 2

Dearest Reader, This post is a continuation of our ongoing topic, Becoming a Doula. Now that you have decided to continue your journey towards Doula-hood (congratulations!) it’s time to check out a few resources. I highly recommend researching the various doula certifying organizations. While there are not currently any requirements one has to follow to […]

Becoming a Doula? Step 1

Dearest Reader, Recently I’ve had a number of people approach me with inquiries on how they can begin their doula journey. Like anything else in life, there are multiple ways to achieve this goal, however for the purposes of this post I will outline the more mainstream approach. Step 1: Decide why you want to […]

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An open letter to you, Moms.

Dearest Mother, Today I learned that I would be serving you as A Doula, and my heart soared. I immediately shared the news with Doulas in my community, and was flooded with support and encouragement. I share this with you because amidst the excitement and verbal pats on the back, it struck me; you have […]

Act 3

“I juuuuust caaaaan’t doooooo this!” your partner cries. It’s 7:50 p.m., she has been laboring for TEN hours, and she’s five centimeters dilated. This is so much more exhausting than you thought it’d be. This is straight up,  two-thousand times tougher than all the “So you’re going to be a parent!” books alluded to. You […]

A Doula

A Doula has a birth ball and is not afraid to use it. A Doula- masters of the double hip-squeeze, and messengers of wisdom, confidence, and encouragement. A Doula understands and respects birth from a physiological and emotional standpoint. A Doula will listen, not judge. A Doula is exploring and discussing fears and concerns. A Doula […]

The post in which we wonder “Why doula?”

Dearest Reader, Today I no longer have to wonder how many minutes it takes to soft boil an egg, or ruminate on the history behind phrases such as “final nail in the coffin”. I don’t ever have to waste time converting a pint into ounces, or wonder what the meaning of someones name is. And […]