Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Doula Story

Nicole at Bellies and Babies posted this slightly older video recently and said it was worth a view... and she was right!

The ~60 min video follows an amazing woman named Loretha who does an incredible job working with teen mothers in Chicago as a prenatal educator, labor coach and postpartum parenting aid, and much more! I really enjoyed it a lot.

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A Doula Story documents one woman’s fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident nurturing mothers. A woman of remarkable magnetism and complexity, Loretha Weisinger returns to the same disadvantaged neighborhood, where she once struggled as a teen mom. She uses compassion and humor to teach the young mothers-to-be about everything from the importance of breast-feeding and reading to their babies to the practical details of communicating effectively with health care professionals.

Teenage pregnancy is a fact of American life. Nearly 10 percent of births in this country are to teens, many of them poor, uneducated and alone. A community doula (from the Greek word for birth attendant) for more than 10 years, Loretha knows that pregnant teens need guidance and education, not judgment or pity. In the face of overwhelming challenges—from absentee fathers and drug addiction to the disparagement of society—doulas are making a difference in the futures of young mothers and their babies.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't have time to watch the whole thing, but I did see there's a baby named Renata!!! (48:59)


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