The Growing Place : Wellness, Birth and Family Services
In the doula community, it’s common that everyone practices independently. Mari Welsh and Gini Affuso had been doing it for years—five for Welsh and 10 for Affuso. Both were childbirth doulas—trained professionals who specialize in the physical, emotional and educational support of the pregnant and laboring woman. After a casual discussion, the two had a light bulb moment: With so many professionals working toward the same goal, why not work together? “We thought it would be great to have a partnership and create a support system by working together instead of separately,” says Welsh. The idea developed into a project that would become a labor of love.
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