In my opinion… The Doula Detachment

Holland, Lori R.
March 2006
International Journal of Childbirth Education;Mar2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p31
Academic Journal
Having been a doula for almost ten years now, I am suspect that some women may suffer an almost ‘posttraumatic syndrome’ just after delivery. It is my goal in sharing these experiences where it has felt almost as if a ‘doula divorce’ was taking place, in hopes of encouraging doulas to be acutely sensitive in each postpartum situation.


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