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We Discuss "Round the Circle: Doulas Share their Experience" by Julie Brill

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Today we have Julie Brill, CCCE, CLD owns and manages WellPregnancy in Bedford, Massachusetts on the show.  She has been teaching childbirth classes and attending births since 1992, and mentoring new birth professionals throughout New England as a member of the CAPPA Faculty since 2003. She graduated from Tufts University, with a degree in Sociology and Women's Studies, and completed the Massachusetts Midwifery Alliance Apprenticeship Course.

I asked her on the show to share more about her beautiful book, Round the Circle: Doulas Share Their Experiences with us on CAPPA Radio.  Julie Brill gathers the wisdom of twenty-three established doulas who generously share what they’ve learned along the way.  Reading it is like sitting in a circle and listening to wisdom from experienced doulas.  I couldn't put it down!

Julie Brill tells us how the book came to be, and why she wanted to write it.   We also talk about just a few of the topics in the book like: addressing fears mothers may have; encouraging the motherbaby bond; supporting religious and spiritual practices; working with orthodox Jewish families, LGBTQ families, teen mothers, surrogates, immigrants, and incarcerated moms; the pros and cons of attending the births of friends/family members; issues related to becoming personal friends with your clients; the doula’s role in planned and unexpected homebirths and cesarean births; supporting the family after the birth; building and marketing your doula business; and doula self-care. Intended to be a mentoring tool, Round the Circle will prove interesting and helpful reading for anyone considering becoming a doula and for those already practicing.

For more information on Julie’s work visit www.WellPregnancy.com and www.RoundtheCircle.com.

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