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Letter from April

March 19, 2007 To Whom It May Concern: Patient enduring reliable supportive irreplaceable sistah! That is what comes to mind when I think of Persis Bristol Dodson. I am not sure what her mothers intentions were when she gave Persis that name but that is what it means to me. P.E.R.S.I.S. was truly a God…
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Teresa Howard’s Training

How Do I Know What I Know? by Teresa Howard Experience is something that comes from many sources. I feel that I learn something from each birth I attend. I have personally given birth three times unmedicated. I think my experiences were good ones and I want that for others. I have breastfed all three…
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Letter from mom of twins

Here is a letter from a mom who Teresa Howard assisted in having her first children, twins. It was an unmedicated, vaginal birth that was amazing. A few years later, she asked me to return to assist her with the labor of her third child. Again, unmedicated and wonderful! She is totally amazing! “…When I…
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Letter from Paige

Teresa, I cannot express my thrill and gratitude at having you as my doula! What an absolutely wonderful experience it was to give birth, but you truly made it the thrill of a lifetime. Without you we never would have known the inner strength we had to accomplish such an amazing task. Your classes prepared…
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Mary’s letter

The smartest thing I ever did was hire a doula! My husband travels extensively for his job. Although we arranged for him to be in town the week before and after our due date, our baby came three weeks early! Sure enough, he was landing in Austin, TX at midnight as I was going into…
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Pregnant Patient’s Bill of Rights

The Pregnant Patient’s Rights Most pregnant women are not fully aware of their rights to informed consent or the obstetrician’s legal obligation to obtain informed consent to treatment. More than twenty years ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists acknowledged the pregnant patient’s right of informed consent in the following excerpt from its 1974…
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Letter from Donnie

To those wondering if a drive to Lawrenceville for childbirth classes is worth it: If you have lived in Metro Atlanta for any amount of time, traffic is a big part of your life. The average commute to and from work is over one hour for lots of Atlantans. So, why would anybody in their…
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Letter from Ron

This is a letter from a dad who actually caught his son- on Christmas Day! This was my 100th birth! 04/03/2001 To Whom It May Concern: I am writing in response to your husband’s concerns with the partnership of a Doula. When my wife first presented the Doula to me, I was a skeptic and…
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511 – 411 – 311

If you go to the hospital childbirth classes…usually you will hear that you need to go to the hospital when your contractions are five minutes apart, lasting a full minute for at least an hour =511… If you do this you will usually be about 4-5 centimeters dilated and arriving just in time to get…
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Overcoming Fear in Birth

Overcoming Fear in Birth by Bardsley and Newman summary by Teresa Howard Emotional fear goes to the thalamus and to the sensory cortex causing PTSD or it can take the short road to the amygdala where the immediate response is emotional- fear (the amygdala is the part of the brain that is responsible for arousal,…
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