By Beth Hardy
2017 brought the UDA our very first blog, and it has been an honor to be part of this inaugural team of bloggers. I have had the privilege of being 2017’s “Diversity Doula.” In this role, I’ve had the chance to bring you monthly blog topics that highlight marginalized communities and diverse voices. Finding a wide variety of monthly bloggers and topics has been fun and informative, and I appreciate this opportunity. I’m excited to see what blog posts next year’s Diversity Doula will publish!
Below are links to the 10 Diversity Doula blog posts that have been published in 2017. If you haven’t read them yet, now is a great time to check them out!
- February 2017 – Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers book review by Beth Hardy
- March 2017 – Attending the Birth of a Muslim Mother: A Birth Doula’s Experience by Bonnie Baker
- April 2017 – LGBT-Friendly Provider Spotlight: Dr. Rixt Luikenaar by Tobie Spears
- May 2017 – Birth in Four Cultures Book Review by Destiny Olsen
- June 2017 – Expanding Our Horizons: LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Resources for Birth Workers by Beth Hardy
- July 2017 – Challenges in Childbirth: What You Need to Know about Trauma and Military Veterans by Rachel Winsley
- August 2017 – Where’s the Mother: Stories from a Transgender Dad Book Review by Beth Hardy
- September 2017 – Working with Spanish-Speaking Clients: A Doula’s Experience by Jennifer Riggs
- October 2017 – 10 Things for Birth Workers to Know when Supporting the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community by Sariah Price
- November 2017 – Spotlight on the University of Utah’s Volunteer Doula Program by Sheri Rysdam
Thanks again to the UDA board for trusting me to be your first-ever Diversity Doula blogger. I’m excited to see what blog posts next year’s Diversity Doula will publish!
Beth Hardy, PCD(DONA), SCMT, MT-BC is a birth doula, postpartum doula and board-certified music therapist, serving clients in Salt Lake City, UT. Beth specializes in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth, and also offers traditional birth and postpartum doula services. She loves working with all families, including LGBTQ+ parents, adoptive parents, and single parents. Beth can be found at her website, Facebook or Instargram.