Huntsville area doula Hannah Ellis shared her strategies for having a more home like setting during a hospital birth, a topic that is so important for women in Alabama due to the very limited choices available here. She gave some great tips, and we look forward to trying them out with our clients!
Dr. Joshua Johannson and CNM Sara Hellwege of Cheaha Women’s Health and Wellness in Anniston joined us for a panel discussion on Saturday evening, and it was great to have their input on topics facing birthing women in Alabama today. They are great supporters of doulas and are amazing support to women…they were excellent company to have. It is so exciting what they are doing for women’s care in this state!
Glenda Dickerson, RN, IBCLC, and Women’s Support Services Manager at Brookwood Hospital, spoke with us about the importance of communication and some strategies to maximize effective communication with hospital staff. Brookwood is such a welcoming environment for doulas because of the support of the staff, such as Mrs. Dickerson. Communication in any relationship - between clients and doulas, clients and hospital staff, or hospital staff and doulas - is so important, and the information she gave will definitely aid us in better serving our clients.
The retreat was great fun, but more than that, it was an opportunity to learn and improve our skills as doulas. We love helping the moms who choose us for this amazing time of their lives, and we are dedicated to doing the best we can for each and every one. This retreat was a great reminder of how much we love our work! We would like to thank all those who made it possible! We look forward to another weekend of learning next year!!