Doulas are making a come back! Learn why we need them more than ever.

Chanel Porchia from Ancient Song Doula Services will be joining us to talk about her calling into midwifery and the training certification her organization provides to help women of color from low income families get the quality maternal care they need to give birth and care for child. Chanel founded Ancient Song Doula Services in the Fall of 2008 after experiencing the birth of her first child at home. She is the mother of four beautiful children, an Activist, a Certified Labor & Postpartum Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor, a Midwifery Assistant and Student, a Vegan Chef, and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor specializing in High Risk Mothers. 

Ancient Song Doula Services' mission is to offer all women, regardless of their socio-economic standing, quality Doula Care and to empower young mothers to make healthy choices in their lives. Ancient Song is committed to the lowering of the Infant Mortality Rate by changing the way mothers view birthing, advocating on behalf of all mothers, and challenging the current healthcare system's quality of care regardless of one's socio-economic standing.

What is a doula?

The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. — DONA International

We will also be screening THE BUSINESS OF BEING BORN, an eye-opening documentary into the history of childbirth and why the maternal health system is in crisis. 

Still widely practiced in Europe and Japan, home birth has largely disappeared in the United States due to the American health care system's portrayal of it as a primitive, unsanitary ritual. Tickets are free but seating is limited and first come, first serve. 

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 at the door

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  • caroline

    Terrific speaker, video will be uploaded soon. Meanwhile, if you enjoyed this event, consider supporting their "Gift a Doula" Indie GoGo campaign. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gift-a-doula

    November 20, 2013

  • Phara C.

    Can I bring my 7 yr old son?

    November 16, 2013

    • caroline

      Hi Phara, You sure can! There will be birthing scenes in the documentary, if he is not squeamish he will be the youngest attendee today!

      1 · November 16, 2013

    • Phara C.

      Thank you so much. Yes, he goes to all the training and has watched numerous birth stories. He'll have his laptop as well so he'll be happily busy as well.

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • caroline

    Event will start on time tomorrow. Hope you can make it and please bring a friend!

    November 15, 2013

  • caroline

    Another interesting fact: The word "doula" originates from a Greek word meaning "woman helper" or "slave" but since the term originated studies have shown that women supporting one another during childbirth (even if she was sitting quietly alongside a birthing mother) has improved birth outcomes, reduced C-section rates and improved maternal satisfaction.

    November 7, 2013

  • caroline

    Another interesting fact...For non-Hispanic white women, home births increased by 36%, from 0.80% in 2004 to 1.09% in 2009. About 1 in every 90 births for non-Hispanic white women is now a home birth. Home births are less common among women of other racial or ethnic groups. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db84.htm

    November 1, 2013

  • caroline

    Did you know that only 1 per cent of births in the US did not take place in a hospital or birthing center? Of the 1 per cent, Midwives attended 61 percent of home births in 2008. Montana and Vermont had the highest rate of home births.

    November 1, 2013

  • Christopher P.

    Could a Woman in the U.S. Be Forced to Give Birth on the Hospital Lawn? It's already happened in Mexico, and there is now a big societal fight in this country over whether to provide health insurance and subsidized care to undocumented immigrants:

    http://www.care2.com/causes/could-a-woman-in-the-u-s-be-forced-to-give-birth-on-the-hospital-lawn.html

    October 21, 2013

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