Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care

Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732780606
Publisher: Contemplative Doula
Publication date: 09/23/2018
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 223,355
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Francesca Lynn Arnoldy, Program Director of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine's End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, is a fervent dreamer who refuses to lose hope in humanity. A birth worker since 2009, she shifted her gaze toward the other bookend of life to address the growing need for compassionate support. You can find Francesca contemplating birth, death, and life with the doula heart on her site: contemplativedoula.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword.......................................................................................... ix

Wording and Grammar Choices................................................ xi

Prelude to the Work.................................................................... xiii

Introduction................................................................................... xv

SECTION ONE: Essentials of Doula Care.............................. 1

........ Dedication to Presence.......................................................... 4

........ Open-Mindedness.................................................................. 7

........ Understanding with Compassion...................................... 9

........ Listening Intently................................................................. 14

........ Allaying Distress.................................................................. 16

SECTION TWO: Before, During, and After Loss:

A Doula’s Place in Sacred Space............................................. 19

........ Aspects of a Loss.................................................................. 23

........ The Way of the Doula......................................................... 25

........ Soul’s Eye View.................................................................... 33

........ Self-Care While Caregiving............................................... 35

........ Doula Language................................................................... 36

........ Preparatory Grief Support................................................. 40

........ Life Beyond Loss.................................................................. 47

A Sit with M. (poem).................................................................... 55

SECTION THREE: Contemplative Practice......................... 57

Tenets of Doula Care.................................................................... 69

The “Ins” of Creating and Holding Space ............................. 71

Ode to an Iris (epilogue) ............................................................ 73

Acknowledgments........................................................................ 77

Referenced Wisdom/Recommended Resources 79

What People are Saying About This

M.D.,D.Sc.,Holly and Bob Miller Chair in Family Medicine, University of Vermont - Bob Gramling

"Arnoldy crafts a brilliant exploration not only of what it means to be a Doula for persons who are Living and Dying, but about what it means to be a fully present human turning fearlessly toward the suffering of others. I am inspired by these words and hope that my family and I have a Doula by our side when we need them."

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