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.
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Birth Doula Topics:
- 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 contact me if you’re interested.
- 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.
- When 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.
- My 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.
- Beyond Holding Hands: The Modern Role of the Professional Doula – JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecological, and Obstetrical Nursing, 2002
- Nurses, Doulas, and Childbirth Educators: Working Together for Common Goals – Journal of Perinatal Education, 1998
Human Sexuality Topics:
- Women’s Experiences of Female Ejaculation (Sexuality and Culture, September 2009)
- Romancing the Science: A Review of Helen Fisher’s Why We Love (Entelechy, 2007)
For a complete list of publications, please refer to my Curriculum Vitae.
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!
Full Disseration Available in the Documents Below
- Title Pages, Table of Contents and Abstract
- Review of the Literature
- Methods (Who I Interviewed, Procedures)
- Findings: Informational Support
- Findings: Advocacy
- 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