Saturday, February 28, 2009

A Doula Story

Doulas mother mothers in their journey into motherhood in so many ways beyond labor support. Loretha Weisinger works tirelessly to support young mothers throughout their pregnancies, labors, and postpartum to become the mothers that they really want to be. When I saw a link to this movie, A Doula Story on Citizens for Midwifery's blog, I felt compelled to share it. It is free to watch on-line and is about an hour long. It is such a touching story, I really hope you have a chance to watch it. Loretha is an amazing woman, so full of tenderness, understanding, and strength. She has taken her personal experience and used it as a source of energy for the work that she does.
From Black Public Media's Website, a description of the film:
A Doula Story
Produced by Danny Alpert
A Doula Story documents one African American woman’s fierce commitment to empower pregnant teenagers with the skills and knowledge they need to become confident, nurturing mothers. Produced by The Kindling Group, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization, this powerful film follows Loretha Weisinger back to the same disadvantaged Chicago neighborhood where she once struggled as a teen mom. Loretha uses patience, compassion and humor to teach “her girls” about everything from the importance of breastfeeding and reading to their babies, to communicating effectively with health care professionals.

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