Sunday, February 20, 2005

Postpartum Doulas and Geriatric Care Nurses

The two may become synonymous in Ann Arbor if a plan rumored to be under consideration by a local nursing home comes to fruition.

Glacier Hills, a large senior care facility in town, is apparently considering having some of its visiting nurses undergo postpartum doula training. That way they can have one pool of nurses provided two revenue streams.

Without knowing the Glacier Hills visiting nurses, I reserve commenting on whether or not they might have the "doula heart" that is such a vital ingredient in successful doula care. I suspect, however, they have not felt called to serve families in the childbearing year the way most doulas have.

The good news is that the Center for the Childbearing Year, which already runs an award-winning volunteer birth doula program, is looking into beating Glacier Hills to the punch.

Godspeed ye bona fide doulas, godspeed.


Blogger Julie said...

This idea sounds totally bizarre. Where did you hear about it? And from what I know about Glacier Hills, I don't think they're exactly lacking in funds.

8:36 AM  
Blogger doulicia said...

It does seem bizarre. I honestly can't remember who said it, but it came up at our board retreat for the Center for the Childbearing Year.

4:27 PM  

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