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Our Practice :: Virginia Traxler, Certified Doula

Virginia Traxler received her Doula certification from DONA (Doulas of North America). She has also studied with The Farm midwives in Summertown, Tennessee in preparation as a Midwifery Assistant. Before becoming a doula, Virginia worked as a licensed counselor for the Des Moines Public Schools and in private practice.

Virginia attends a waterbirth


Birthing, An Act of Courage is a beautiful new book written by Virginia. It will soon be available at Borders or by calling Virgnia at 515-277-3164 or emailing her at Vtraxlerdm@aol.com.

Birthing, An Act of Courage

"Birthing, An Act of Courage is about the experience of birth through the eyes of a doula... The author not only recounts her experiences with many women, but also discusses why having a doula, or making other informed choices about birth matters. She describes birth as a sacred transformative experience that women "give away" if they just allow themselves to be managed by the medical system. Birth is shown to be an act of great courage, and how women and their partners experience it, to be an integral part of how they learn to create family. The author includes beautifl black and white photographs of many births, which create a powerful visual experience as well."