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
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.