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From left are mothers and the doulas who helped them during their pregnancies: Roberta Decker, doula; Hannah Peterson and son, Noah, 10 months; Bonnie Fairbanks-Stangel, doula and Kyrie Fairbanks, 4 weeks; Lisa Johnson and daughter, Khloe, 2; Becky Fairbanks, Kyrie's mother; Esther Humphrey and Nigigoonsikwe, 11 months; Millicent Simenson, doula; Emilie Carpentier, doula. (Molly Miron | Special to the Pioneer)

Being there for birth: Local group to offer workshops, speakers on healthy birthing practices

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BEMIDJI -- Expectant mothers look forward to baby's arrival with excitement and hope for a beautiful beginning of a life.

And although complications may ensue that require emergency medical intervention, such as a caesarian section, members of Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming (Long ago women birth in lodge, home or building) believe that the more natural the birth, the better for everyone.

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