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Postpartum Doulas in Brazil: Supporting Mothers in a Cesarean Culture

Postpartum Doulas in Brazil:  Supporting Mothers in a Cesarean Culture | Doula | Scoop.it
A doula's experience in creating the first post partum doula course for birth workers in Brazil, a country with one of the highest c-section rates. Read more.

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Mariana Marques Pulhez's curator insight, February 23, 2013 10:50 PM

Bom saber que alguém tá falando da situação das doulas no Brasil, but in English!

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Doulas can coach low-income women on childbirth

Doulas can coach low-income women on childbirth | Doula | Scoop.it

Here’s a quick medical quiz: What’s the most common reason for hospitalization in the United States? Take a stab. Respiratory distress? Cardiac arrest?

 

Try childbirth. As researchers at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health observe, more than four million babies are born in American hospitals every year, and from maternal checkups to newborn care, moms-to-be rack up more charges than any other patients. In 2009, those costs totaled nearly $30 billion.

 

Maternal health care is a big burden on Medicaid, which pays the expenses of low-income patients and annually foots the bill for 45 percent of all births. What’s more, low-income moms have disproportionately high rates of complication and Caesarean section. According to the Minnesota researchers, Medicaid mothers are more likely to give birth prematurely, or to low-weight babies, than more affluent women.

 

Writing this month in the American Journal of Public Health, Katy Backes Kozhimannil and her colleagues propose a novel way to reduce birth complications and bring down maternal Medicaid costs at the same time: use doulas.

 

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J'nene Solidarity Kay's curator insight, March 17, 2013 2:30 PM

A step forward in the quality of attention these women will receive.

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NOBEL ALTERNATIVO: Ina May Gaskin, referente para comadronas y doulas, ha sido premiada junto a otros buenos proyectos

NOBEL ALTERNATIVO: Ina May Gaskin, referente para comadronas y doulas, ha sido premiada junto a otros buenos proyectos | Doula | Scoop.it
El pasado 5 de Diciembre de 2011, Ina May Gaskin recibió en Estocolmo, Suecia, el Right Livelihood Award (también llamado Premio Nobel Alternativo), por su inmensa labor de defensa y promoción del parto normal y “por toda una vida de enseñanza y...

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