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J Perinat Educ. 2007 Fall;16(4):57-8. doi: 10.1624/105812407X244967.

Listening to Mothers II: A Lamaze Educator's Response.

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  • 1MARIA BROOKS is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA International Certified Doula practicing in New York City (NYC) and Philadelphia. She has taught in two NYC hospital systems and offers a wide variety of education and labor-support services ( ).


A Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and labor-support doula who provides services in two major, metropolitan areas shares her reactions and education experiences in dealing with the findings of Listening to Mothers II. She found that her first response to the survey findings involved assisting a community-wide effort to raise the awareness of women about their childbirth options, with a special emphasis on providers who practice in adherence to The Coalition for Improving Maternity Service's Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative. In addition, she added a component to her classes to help her students proactively explore why so few women feel they can assert their rights to refuse unnecessary interventions during childbirth.


Listening to Mothers II; Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative; Philadelphia Guide to a Healthy Birth; childbirth education

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