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In the 33rd episode of The Birth Geeks Podcast Robin interviews Barbara Hotelling about her fascinating work at Duke as a clinical nurse educator and around the world training doulas and childbirth educators. They talk about how training nursing students to be doulas (Duke-las) helps them no matter what kind of nursing they end up doing. You can read about it in this article: Amazing Things Happen When Student Nurses are Given Birth Doula Training.  She discusses training doulas around the world in resource challenged areas; she has a great story about being frank about sex in pregnancy no matter what people say they do. Do you know how to detect anemia or sugar in urine without special equipment? Barbara does! She is passionate about sustainability and creating mother-friendly places for birth. She also gives a great shout-out to Penny Simkin and Katie Roh’s training about being a doula at a distance. I especially appreciate her direct message to labor and delivery nurses regarding doulas and navigating the ever increasing demands on their time by guiding support people. She gives some excellent shout outs, like this great article for busy nurses, Taking Learning to Task, When Survivors Give Birth, Hodnett‘s amazing research, APPAH, and IMBCO too.

A little more about Barbara Hotelling in case you don’t know her:

She has been a birth doula and childbirth educator since 1982. She later became a birth doula trainer and Lamaze educator trainer and has worked with pregnant and parenting teens. Recently she has studied When Survivors Give Birth and is training to teach the program. She studies birthpsychology with the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology. Currently she is a Clinical Nurse Educator at Duke University’s School of Nursing where she has the honor of passing along information about parent education, birth doula, trauma effects and trauma prevention to gifted and altruistic nursing students. Barbara’s blessings are her 5 children and 8 grandchildren

Barbara & Robin’s challenge to our listeners: What would you like to include in a packet for labor and delivery nurses?? Email us!! We’ll definitely give you a shout out on our social media as we put together this list.

Also mentioned: Our previous episode with Michelle Branco as well as the Cochrane Review for summaries of evidence as it is being developed.

Thanks Geeks!

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