|I have been a writer for many years, writing for parents, professionals,
and in scholarly journals. My latest articles have been
featured in the Wisconsin Medical Journal, Midwifery and Sexuality and Culture. I write weekly in my blog, Doulaing the Doula.
on the description for a downloadable PDF file of the
An Economic Model of the Benefits of Professional Doula Labor Support in Wisconsin Births (2013) Chapple, W., Gilliland, A., Li, D., Shier, E., Wright, E., Wisconsin Medical Journal, Volume 112 (2) This article estimates the cost savings per delivery with in hospital professional doula support in Wisconsin. I think its super exciting because it quantifies the impact of birth doula care!
After Praise and Encouragement: Emotional Support Strategies Utilized By Birth Doulas in the United States and Canada, (2011) Midwifery, Volume 27 (4) p. 525-531
Unfortunately, copyright guidelines do not allow me to post a pdf copy of the article on this website. Most people meet their guidelines for receiving an individual copy, so just email me.
From Novice to Expert: A Series of Five Articles, International Doula, 2007-2008 These five articles provide a framework for understanding the predictable stages of development in a doula's career and professional expertise. These include challenges and crises as well as gains in confidence and skills. DONA International charges a small amount for the e-book - it was my gift to them. A doula at any point in her work life can benefit from reading these articles. They also work wonderfully as a basis for discussion in any doula group or community that wants to better support each other.
The Baby Dies: A Doula’s Perspective features the first 24 hours
after attending an unexpected stillbirth.
As an experienced doula trainer, I am often asked, “What do
you do if the baby dies?” I hear this most often from
newer doulas who are afraid that they will not be helpful
or supportive to the parents. Underlying that question
is often another one that remains unspoken. “How do you feel
when the baby dies, and how do you get through it?” The
story that follows is my answer to that unspoken question.
Life As A Doula
Written for a Wisconsin women’s magazine, this article featured
Amy as a doula, researcher, and contributor to her community. It
is written in a 24 hour format.
Holding Hands: The Modern Role of the Professional
JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Obstetrical
Doulas, and Childbirth Educators: Working Together
for Common Goals
Journal of Perinatal Education, 1998
Women's Experiences of Female Ejaculation
(Sexuality and Culture, September 2009)
the Science: A Review of Helen Fisher's Why We Love (Entelechy, 2007)
a complete list of publications, please refer to my Curriculum
Working on my Dissertation, Spring 2010
A Grounded Theory Study of Effective Labor Support By Birth Doulas
This 485 page study covers informational support and advocacy; birth doula support of fathers; a comparison of independent practice and hospital based doula care; and offers a theoretical connection between doula care, adult attachment needs, and gender based neurological responses to stress.
Because of it's length, this dissertation is offered as 14 separate pdf documents. The first has the abstract and table of contents, which can help you to locate the chapters of greatest interest to you. The dissertation begins with a review of the relevant Literature on birth doula support and paternal experiences of childbirth. There is a detailed chapter on the Methods and procedures that were followed. Then each of the Findings are presented in their own chapter. Findings are organized into a logical scheme, no interpretation is presented in these chapters. It is a detailed analysis of the data. My analysis also led to the development of several models. The Findings models are presented in their own chapters. What I think the findings mean is presented in the Discussion chapter. This chapter also includes a theoretical model that brings everything together.
Feedback and offers to publish are welcome!
Title Pages, Table of Contents and Abstract
Review of the Literature
Methods (Who I Interviewed, Procedures)
Findings: Informational Support
Findings: Fathers and Doulas
Findings: Hospital Based Doula Care
Model of the Process: How Fathers and Doulas Work Together
Findings: Philosophical Orientations of Birth Doulas
Model of Effective Labor Support by Birth Doulas, 2010 Revision
Discussion of Findings, Current Models, and An Additional Proposed Theoretical Model
Appendixes A - B
Appendixes C - D