Watching this season of NBC's "The Voice," I've been amazed by the way pop superstar Shakira has doula'd her team members. She nurtures, supports, encourages and praises with the perspective of an insider. Doula! Now those who love me know that I can turn just about anything into a birth analogy… But hear me out, friends. Read on and I'm convinced you'll see the connection too.
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Jessica English is a DONA-certified birth doula and Lamaze-certified childbirth educator. She is owner of Birth Kalamazoo, a Midwest agency that offers birth and postpartum doula services, natural birth and breastfeeding classes, in-home lactation consults and a renewal circle for mothers. As a DONA-approved birth doula trainer, Jessica mentors (and learns from!) new doulas entering this amazing work.