Doula Programs

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A one of a kind book that is a "must have" for anyone contemplating starting a doula service. One of the most complete how-to manuals I have ever read. -- Crystal Sada, C.N.A., C.D. Helping Hand Doula Service

By reading this book you will learn exactly what you need to know to make optimal labor support and gifts of health that are the result of mothering the mother a reality in your community. Few endeavors in life hold the potential to positively affect the lives of so many. -- Christiane Northrup. M.D>. author of Womens's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

The road to change in maternity care is always a thorny one, as those who have traveled it know well. Caregivers in the field will therefore welcome the practical,hands-on manual, Doula Programs, written by monitrice Paulina Perez and childbirth educator Deaun Thelen. In clear and down-to-earth language, they describe the nitty-gritty of how to start and integrate a doula program into the maternity services in a community.

Doula Programs fills an important gap in the literature. With this how-to-do-it manual, Perez and Thelen provide valuable strategies and solutions for anyone who wants to implement a doula program or, for that matter, any other new program in the hospital. As they point out in their introduction, "Change is neccessary to keep maternity care vibrant and growing. Remember that a turtle can't move if it doesn't stick its neck out." By combining advocacy and activism, this book contributes importantly to movement and progress in maternity services. -- Birth

About the Author

Paulina (Polly) Perez, R.N., B.S.N., F.A.C.C.E., C.D. is an internationally known perinatal nurse, monitrice, author and public speaker. Her other books include Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant and The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook.

Deaun Thelen, C.D. is a La Crosse, Wisconsin based childbirth educator, infant massage instructor and doula with a wide array of labor support experience in both private and hospital-based programs. She is also a national motivational speaker.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Cutting Edge Pr (April 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964115972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964115972
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,210,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Polly is an internationally known nurse,author and public speaker. Polly is the author of numerous books which include Special Women: The Role of the Professional Labor Assistant, The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook, Doula Programs: How to Start and Run a Private or Hospital-Based Program with Success!, Birth Balls: The Use of Physical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care and Brain Attack: Danger, Chaos, Opportunity and Empowerment.Polly lectures on many perinatal health care issues & focuses on motivating and empowering them.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Dinger on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Anyone starting out as a doula needs to have this book in her library! There is easy quick-to-find information that will help keep the business aspect of doula-ing well in hand. Many training workshops help a doula understand her role at birth but not many help with the practical aspects of developing a career. Perez and Thelen fill all those blanks and answer practical questions you may not have even thought of! An EXCELLENT labor assistant's resource!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Connie Banack on November 8, 2002
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I have used and recommended this book for years. Doula Programs is an excellent resource for doulas starting out in their own practices. But where the value lies I have found is in it's information about starting and maintaining a hospital based doula program. Any doula or hospital looking for solid business information needs this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte M. B. on July 9, 2009
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This book, although well intentioned, is not worth the money. The information is so old that in one part (on organizational computer programs) my husband and I were laughing out loud because they were talking about technology from almost 20 years ago. That being said, the book does have a couple of good ideas if you can get around the rest of the 'dated' material.

If you are looking for doula business advice, a much better option would be to take the Business Doula course that is offered by Childbirth International. I both read this book and took the CBI course and the CBI course is up do date - just started this year and has everything 'good' that's in this book plus tons more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By goofyrider on January 20, 2007
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This book is strictly for doula's who are looking for a step-by-step reference for running a doula business. It's loaded with tons of helpful information to guide you through each step of establishing your own doula business. The author made sure to include all aspects of running a business and especially one centered around a pregnant mother and a mother giving birth.
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By Doula on July 28, 2014
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AWESOME BOOK
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