Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care

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Loss is difficult...and universal. What do we say? What do we do?

Part how-to guide, part hopeful manifesto, Cultivating the Doula Heart provides a clear framework for supporting those facing hardship, grief, and loss. Succinct and straightforward, this "work of heart" covers: Components of Doula Care, Aspects of Loss, Ways of Being/Ways of Doing, Grief Support, and Contemplative Exercises. 

Readers will feel empowered to move from sympathy to empathy to compassion. The doula heart can be readily infused into all work and into any relationship.

Francesca Arnoldy, birth worker since 2009 has expanded her gaze to include the other bookend of life. She is the course developer, lead facilitator, and program director of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine's End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program. A self-proclaimed "recovering perfectionist," Francesca regularly tosses herself into thrilling, terrifying challenges like completing tax returns, FSBO, deciding to write, and a number of other tasks for which she's entirely untrained. She lives in Vermont with her two littles, pup, and hubs.

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