Your whole pregnancy, you were looking forward to that moment when you became a parent. Whether your pregnancy was fantastic or awful, whether you were excited or terrified, you knew you were going to be a mom. Maybe you had visions of matching "mommy and me" outfits or soft baby cheeks snuggled against you sleeping. Or perhaps you envisioned breaking out that top-of-the-line jogging stroller and getting back to your old routine, now with a few more stops for others to admire your sweet bundle.
These days, the word "doula" is less of a mystery than it was even five years ago. A search in your area will likely turn up 10 or more names, even in more rural areas. The word doula is also beginning to encompass more roles — everything from antenatal to support to those on bed rest, birth, postpartum, and even sick-day and surgery doulas! There are very few people who can't occasionally benefit from some non-judgmental support. So, who are all these people becoming doulas, and why do they do it?
Sometimes you have been waiting on tether hooks for months, or years, for the announcement that a grandchild is on the way. Other times, it comes as a complete shock. No matter which camp you fall into, a tiny baby is soon going to wrap you around their little finger. You are happy and excited, and you have so much wisdom to share. So why isn't your son or daughter more eager to hear all you have to say? Balancing age-old wisdom with new recommendations is not always the easiest feat.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".