February 1, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here

The action step I can personally take is the first Wagner (2006) presents: educate the public about the current state of maternity care. Though I do this in informal ways through blog articles and everyday conversations with parents, I think the area in which I can be of service most is childbirth education classes. I have been a childbirth educator since 2011 yet planned most of my classes for consumers around preparing parents for the basics of birth. Timing contractions, coping with pain and discomfort, writing up birth intentions to share with hospital staff, and an overview of breastfeeding took up most of my time with expecting families. After moving through this term’s texts, online articles, and video resources, I can...

May 12, 2016

On the evening of May 1, 2016, hundreds of doulas & birthing professionals from every Southern California county enjoyed an evening of food, dance, and awards at The Grand in Long Beach, CA. Every year for the past 12 years, doulas, childbirth educators, chiropractors, nurses, midwives, and lactation professionals in the area attend a banquet hosted by The Doulas Association of Southern California (DASC) in order to honor professionals who contribute positively to the greater birthing community. Amanda Cagle and Brandy Ferner of Your Birth Team were two of the nominees this year! Amanda was nominated as Birth Doula of the Year & Mentor of the Year; Brandy was nominated for Mentor of the Year.  

The theme colors this year even match Your Birth Team's teal theme!

The event was appropriately prom-themed, as high school proms everywhere were also commencing. Attendees' dress ranged from full-length gowns and tuxes to Little Black Dresses and smart shoes...

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