Soul Bits Doula

BIRTHING INSPIRATION & Transformational Support

Guiding you on your

birth and motherhood

Journey

Hi! My name is Michelle

CERTIFIED BIRTH & POSTPARTUM DOULA

PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER

HERBALIST

As a bilingual Holistic Doula, I provide physical, emotional, ​and informational support to expectant parents during the ​transformational periods of pregnancy, labor and ​postpartum. I draw upon my experience, training, and deep ​compassion to assist and support my clients with:

  • Birth Planning
  • Baby Moon & Postpartum Planning
  • Postpartum Herbal Wisdom
  • Comfort Measures, Labor Positions & Relaxation ​Techniques
  • 6-Week Childbirth Education Course
  • Labor Prep, Lactation, Newborn Care & Postpartum ​Preparation Workshops
  • Prenatal Yoga Classes
  • Personalized Birth Story Keepsakes
  • Daytime & Nighttime Postpartum Support
  • Prenatal & Postpartum Mental Health Screening
  • List of Local Resources and Referrals
  • Lending Book Library
  • Servicios en Español
  • Virtual Services
  • Serving Port Saint Lucie, FL & Treasure Coast areas


My ultimate goal is to facilitate a heart-centered, ​supportive environment where you feel respected, ​empowered and cared-for.

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In my work as a doula, my focus is on EMPOWERING the mother.

I want to help her feel comfortable, nourished, relaxed and appreciated;

to facilitate a harmonious birth for both mother and child and foster the irreplaceable bonding in those most profound first hours and days after birth.

Services

Pregnancy, Labor & Pospartum Support

During pregnancy, I will guide you through the process of creating your birth plan. I will educate you on comfort measures, labor positions, relaxation techniques and I will practice them with you during our visits in preparation for the sacred journey of labor. During labor, I will be your supportive guide through each stage, putting into action all that we've discussed and practiced. During your postpartum recovery, I will be your trusted helping hand assisting you with breastfeeding, infant care, your physical recovery, household chores, arrands, meal prep, and looking after your other little ones. We will also have a beautiful tea time chat to go over your birth and process your feelings. My little way to make moms feel loved and special.

Lactation Support

Lactation is amazing! The fact that our bodies are able to create a human being and then supply the perfect first nourishment for our babies astounds me still - and I've birthed and breastfed three babies! As you can probably tell, I am passionate about breast/chest feeding.

As your Doula, I will provide you with educational resources and support to help you and your baby achieve your breast/chest feeding goals, including referrals to certified lactation professionals, should your situation require it. If you choose to bottle-feed or feed formula, rest assured that I am an unbiased resource with knowledge and resources to support your decision.

Education & Resources

The Treasure Coast has a multitude of service providers and resources for expectant parents. Whether you need help finding the perfect midwife or OB provider, hospital or birthing center, I can help by providing a list of resources in your specific area. A well prepared parent is confident parent, that is why I offer a comprehensive 6-week Childbirth Education course and workshops on Labor Prep, Lactation, Prenatal Yoga, Newborn Care, and Postpartum Preparation, to get you started on your journey from pregnancy into parenthood.

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May the long time sun shine upon you.

All love surround you.

And the pure light within you,

guide your way on.


-Gurmukh, Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful

Virtual Call

During our initial consultation,

we will establish exactly where you are in your pregnancy and what type of support you need. Everyone's needs are different and perfect. Together we will brainstorm to get a clear idea of what support you're looking for and how I can best serve you.

Contract

You will receive a draft of my invoice and contract which will detail the services you will receive, payment schedule, and all of the important information.

Let's do it!

Now that we have all of the important things taken care of, we can start working together and getting you prepared for your baby's birth and your postpartum recovery.

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Peace

Package 01:

The Peace Package includes our Basic Doula services.

During our prenatal visits we will get to know each other, talk about your birth preferences, labor, and practice labor positions & comfort measures. I will then create your birth plan and provide any necessary resources and referrals. Starting at 37 weeks, I will be available "on-call" for labor support & will support you between 1 to 3 hours after birth.

During our postpartum visits we will discuss your recovery, infant care, breastfeeding/bottle feeding goals, review and document your birth story and answer any questions you may have. I will also assist you with simple household chores and care for your newborn while you nap, eat or shower.

*Virtual services available.

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Starting At:

$950

TWo 2hr PreNatal Visits and Labor Prep workshop

Personalized birth Plan, Birth Story & Baby Stats Keepsake

Prenatal, Lactation and postpartum educational

manuals, Resources, and Referrals

24/7 On-call labor support starting at 37 weeks &

1-3 hrs Immediate support after birth

Phone, Text, email support

One 2hr Postpartum Visit

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Joy

Package 02:

During our 3 prenatal visits, we will get to know each other, talk about your Birth Plan & Baby Moon preferences, discuss beneficial Prenatal Yoga exercises during a 30 minute session and practice labor positions & comfort measures. I will then create your Birth Plan & Baby Moon plan, and provide any resources, referrals and education you require. Starting at 37 weeks, I will be available "on-call" for labor support and will remain with you anywhere from 1 - 3 hours after birth.

During our postpartum visits we will discuss your recovery, infant care, breastfeeding/bottle feeding goals, review and document your birth story and answer any questions you may have. I will also assist you with simple household chores and care for your newborn while you nap, eat or shower.

*Virtual Services available.

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Starting At:

$1,450

Three 2hr PreNatal Visits

(Includes a 30 min Prenatal yoga session)

PeRSonalized birth Plan, Baby Moon plan, Birth Story &

Baby Stats Keepsake

Prenatal, Lactation and postpartum workshops, educational manuals, Resources, and Referrals

Phone, Text, email Support

24/7 On-call labor support starting at 37 weeks &

1-3 hrs Immediate support after birth

two 2hr Postpartum Visits

Love

Package 03:

During our 4 prenatal visits, we will get to know each other, talk about your Birth Plan & Baby Moon preferences, discuss beneficial Prenatal Yoga exercises during a 30 minute session and practice labor positions & comfort measures. I will then create your Birth Plan & Baby Moon plan, and provide any resources, referrals and education you need. Starting at 37 weeks, I will be available "on-call" for labor support and will remain with you anywhere from 1 - 3 hours after birth.

During our postpartum visits we will discuss your recovery, infant care, breastfeeding/bottle feeding goals, review and document your birth story and answer any questions you may have. I will also assist you with simple household chores and care for your newborn while you nap, eat or shower. *Virtual services available.

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$30

$1,950

Starting At:

per hour

Four 2hr PreNatal Visits

(Includes a 30 min prenatal yoga session)

PeRSonalized birth Plan, Baby Moon plan, Birth Story &

Baby Stats Keepsake

Prenatal, Lactation and postpartum workshops, educational manuals, Resources, and Referrals

Phone, Text, email Support

24/7 On-call labor support starting at 37 weeks &

1-3 hrs Immediate support after birth

Three 2hr Postpartum Visits

Bliss

Package 04:

The Bliss Package includes our hourly Postpartum Doula Services. During our initial postpartum visit, we will discuss your recovery and determine your specific postpartum challenges and needs. These could range from bottle feeding and/or breastfeeding support and education, light housekeeping, physical support and deep emotional nurturing of the mother, sibling care, and newborn care while you rest, shower, eat or simply enjoy some much needed self-care time. I am open to supporting you in any way that you find the most helpful. *There is a 3 hour booking minimum for the first visit & a 2 hour booking minimum per visit thereafter.

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per hour

$30

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EMotional, physical & Educational Postpartum support.

Tea time birth CHAT.

Assistance with simple meals & Grocery shopping

day or night Newborn care. Overnight care available.

Phone, Text, email support

Personalized PostPARTUM PLAN and postnatal

mental health Screening & referral

Light housekeeping such as dishes, laundry, simple organizational tasks & tidyng-up around the house

per hour

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Purity 1

Package 05:

The Purity 1 Package is our bundled option for Postpartum Doula Services. Instead of paying by the hour, with this package you buy 15 postpartum support hours at a discounted rate. During our initial postpartum visit, we will discuss your recovery and determine your specific postpartum challenges and needs. These could range from bottle feeding and/or breastfeeding support and education, light housekeeping, physical support and deep emotional nurturing of the mother, sibling care, and newborn care while you rest, shower, eat or simply enjoy some much needed self-care time. I am open to supporting you in any way that you find the most helpful. *There is a 3 hour minimum for the first visit & a 2 hour minimum per visit thereafter.

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Starting At:

$345

initial 3hr visit and 12 hours of Postpartum support.

Tea time birth CHAT.

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EMotional, physical & Educational Postpartum support.

Phone, Text, email Support.

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day or night Newborn care. Overnight care available.

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Assistance with simple meals & Grocery shopping,

Light housekeeping such as dishes, laundry, simple organizational tasks & tidyng-up around the house.

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Personalized PostPARTUM PLAN and postnatal

mental health Screening & referral

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Purity 2

Package 05:

The Purity 2 Package is our bundled option for Postpartum Doula Services. Instead of paying by the hour, with this package you buy 25 postpartum support hours at a discounted rate. During our initial postpartum visit, we will discuss your recovery and determine your specific postpartum challenges and needs. These could range from bottle feeding and/or breastfeeding support and education, light housekeeping, physical support and deep emotional nurturing of the mother, sibling care, and newborn care while you rest, shower, eat or simply enjoy some much needed self-care time. I am open to supporting you in any way that you find the most helpful. *There is a 3 hour minimum for the first visit & a 2 hour minimum per visit thereafter.

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Starting At:

$625

initial 3hr visit and 22 hours of Postpartum support.

Tea time birth CHAT.

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EMotional, physical & Educational Postpartum support.

phone, Text, email support.

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day or night Newborn care. Overnight care available.

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Assistance with simple meals & Grocery shopping,

Light housekeeping such as dishes, laundry, simple organizational tasks & tidyng-up around the house.

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Personalized PostPARTUM PLAN and postnatal

mental health Screening & referral

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Power

Package 06:

Prenatal Yoga

Much like other types of childbirth preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach that encourages stretching, position changes, mental centering and focused breathing.


Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.


Click here To find more information regarding the wonderful benefits of prenatal yoga.


Email soulbitsdoula@gmail.com to register.

Starting At:

$25

30 min. private session

Package 07:

Knowledge

Knowledge is the ally of every parent.

The more you know, the more prepared you will be for the stages of pregnancy, labor, lactation and the postpartum recovery period. Choose from my list of knowledge offerings. You can add these classes to the doula packages or purchase as a stand alone class. You can also combine several or all of them to get the full knowledge base. Includes class manual, handouts, resources and referrals.

Email soulbitsdoula@gmail.com to register.

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The Confident Birth

6-week ChildBirth Education Course

$300

Giving to the Light

Labor Prep Workshop

$150

At First Latch

lactation Workshop

$100

Nurtured Postpartum

Postpartum Course

$100

All about Your Newborn

Newborn care Workshop

$100

email:

soulbitsdoula@gmail.com

phone:

772-340-6241

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Social:

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Your soul longs to draw you into love for yourself.

When you enter your soul's affection, the torment in your life ceases.

-John O' Donohue, Eternal Echoes

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"I had the luxury of having Michelle as my doula during my second pregnancy. This was my first time having a doula and I wanted to have one because I did not want to use pain medications and wanted a some to guide me through the laboring process.


I had 4 prenatal and 3 post-partum visits. I was a little anxious and unsure of what to expect, but all of my concerns disappeared once I began working with Michelle. For me, she embodies all of the qualities of an exceptional doula.


During my perinatal visits, we discussed my expectations and wishes for my birth through an intake process and developed a birth plan. We practiced laboring positions and explored a variety of pain-relieving techniques that I would be comfortable with such as TENS, aromatherapy, massages, affirmations, etc. I especially valued the fact that she taught my husband how to support me and assist me throughout labor during our perinatal visits. This was crucial for me since I wanted my husband to be actively involved in the birth. We also discussed the difference between pain vs. suffering and being proactive in voicing my concerns. When I was stressing about being induced because I was past my due date, she came over and had me do some mindful meditation and relaxation. I went into labor 2 days later! My goal during my birth was to not take pain medication, in particularly an epidural. I am happy to report that I succeeded. During my 17 hours of labor, she was calming and provided continuous support, while also providing hands-on support and comfort measures.


Michelle also coached my husband during the labor provide to meet my needs. In order to help me, she collaborated successfully with my labor and delivery nurses and worked with them as a team. Throughout my labor, Michelle's gentle maternal spirit by my side me feel nurtured and protected. I truly believe that my wishes would have not materialized if not for her.


More importantly, Michelle supported me throughout my postpartum period as well. She helped by assisting with my newborn daughter, organizing my house, watching over my son, folding laundry, among other things. But an even greater gift was she also gave me advice on how to safeguard my mental health. As someone who suffered from postpartum depression, it was comforting to know that she cared. I could go on and on about how grateful I am to have had Michelle as my doula but that would take ages.


All in all she provided me with so much more to my birth experience than I could have ever imagined. She embodies the traits that will help all expecting mothers to have all of the spiritual, physical, and emotional support for a successful delivery. I could not have asked for a more perfect doula." - M.A.

“During pregnancy, I was well equipped with a lot of helpful resources, and the conversation around the type of birth I wanted was able to be communicated effectively. I felt listened to and I felt reassured by Michelle's knowledge.


During birth, Michelle advocated for me and my wishes. She also provided helpful suggestions to my birthing position while respecting what was working for my body.


In postpartum, Michelle checked on my wellbeing often, and reassured me I'm the best mother for the child we were blessed with. The most outstanding parts of this whole process was after birth, even though there were others in the room, Michelle and I had a private moment where she put a hand on my heart and womb and invited me to express gratitude for what my body just did, as well as asking me to be introspective about the feelings associated with my birth and how things are going for me in the postpartum period.


I felt so accommodated and informed by Michelle's expertise. I also appreciate her flexibility and the way she catered to my crazy schedule. If our family is blessed with another bundle of joy, I would be honored to hire Michelle as my Doula again!” - L.R.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Doula

A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a pregnant person and partner during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Here's how a birth doula can help prepare for labor:


  1. Education and Information: A birth doula can provide evidence-based information about pregnancy, labor, and childbirth options. They can help you understand the different stages of labor, pain management techniques, medical interventions, and the benefits and risks associated with them. This knowledge empowers you to make informed decisions.
  2. Birth Plan Assistance: A birth doula can help you create a birth plan that reflects your preferences and priorities for labor and delivery. They can guide you through the process of considering your options, discussing them with your healthcare provider, and crafting a plan that aligns with your goals.
  3. Emotional Support: Pregnancy and childbirth can bring a whole wide range of emotions. A birth doula provides continuous emotional support throughout the entire process. We are there to listen, validate your feelings, and offer encouragement and reassurance. Their presence can help reduce anxiety and increase your confidence in your ability to give birth.
  4. Physical Support: During labor, a birth doula provides physical support to help you cope with contractions and find positions that promote comfort and progress. They can offer massage, counterpressure techniques, and suggest different labor positions to help alleviate pain and create a more positive birthing experience.
  5. Advocacy: A birth doula acts as an advocate for you and your birth preferences. They help ensure that your voice is heard and your wishes are respected by communicating with the healthcare team on your behalf. They can also provide clarification or ask questions about any procedures or interventions being recommended.
  6. Continuous Presence: A birth doula is available to you throughout labor, providing continuous support from the early stages until after the birth. Their unwavering presence can offer a sense of security and comfort, as they are dedicated solely to your well-being and needs.
  7. Partner Support: Birth doulas also support partners or support persons. They can help partners feel more confident in their role, provide guidance on how to support you during labor, and offer breaks for rest or food if needed. Doulas can enhance the overall birth experience for both you and your partner.
  8. Coping Techniques: Birth doulas are knowledgeable about various coping techniques for labor, including breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, visualization, and guided imagery. They can teach and assist you in using these techniques to manage pain and stay focused during contractions.
  9. Postpartum Support: While their primary focus is on labor and birth, birth doulas can also offer some postpartum support. They can provide guidance on breastfeeding, newborn care, emotional adjustment, and connect you with additional resources if needed.
  10. Follow-up and Debriefing: After the birth, a birth doula may offer a follow-up visit to discuss your birth experience, answer any questions you may have, and provide emotional support during the early postpartum period.


Overall, a birth doula provides personalized, continuous support before, during, and after labor, enhancing your physical and emotional well-being, promoting a positive birth experience, and helping you feel empowered and informed throughout the process.

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10 Ways to Prepare for Labor

Preparing for labor is an important part of pregnancy. Here are ten ways you can prepare for labor:


  1. Educate Yourself: Attend childbirth classes or prenatal education courses to learn about the labor process, breathing techniques, pain management options, and what to expect during childbirth.
  2. Create a Birth Plan: Discuss your birth preferences with your healthcare provider and collaborate with your Doula to create a birth plan that outlines your preferences for pain relief, positions for labor, and any special requests you may have.
  3. Stay Active: Engage in regular physical activity throughout your pregnancy. This can include prenatal yoga, walking, swimming, or other exercises recommended by your healthcare provider. Staying active can help improve your endurance and strength for labor.
  4. Practice Relaxation Techniques: Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, and meditation. These techniques can help you stay calm and manage pain during labor.
  5. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well: Proper nutrition and hydration are crucial during pregnancy and labor. Eat a well-balanced diet, stay hydrated, and make sure to have healthy snacks available for energy during labor.
  6. Pack Your Hospital Bag: Prepare a bag with essential items you'll need during your hospital stay, including comfortable clothing, toiletries, nursing bras, snacks, and items for the baby.
  7. Prepare Your Support Team: Discuss your birth plan and preferences with your partner, Doula or support person. Ensure they understand their role during labor and are prepared to provide the necessary support and encouragement.
  8. Explore Pain Relief Options: Research and discuss pain relief options with your healthcare provider and Doula. This may include natural methods such as hydrotherapy or medication options like epidurals. Understanding the available choices will help you make informed decisions during labor.
  9. Practice Breathing Exercises: Practice different breathing techniques, such as slow deep breathing, patterned breathing, or the Lamaze technique. Breathing exercises can help you stay focused and manage contractions effectively.
  10. Stay Positive and Trust Your Body: Maintaining a positive mindset and trusting in your body's ability to give birth is essential. Surround yourself with supportive people, read positive birth stories, and remind yourself that millions of women have successfully given birth.


Remember, every labor experience is unique, and it's essential to be flexible and open to unexpected changes. Your healthcare provider will guide you through the process and provide the necessary support.


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10 Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Are you expecting a bundle of joy? Pregnancy is a remarkable journey filled with excitement, anticipation, and countless physical and emotional changes. Amidst this transformative time, prenatal yoga emerges as a trusted companion, offering a multitude of benefits to support your well-being. From enhancing your physical strength and flexibility to fostering relaxation and stress reduction, prenatal yoga is a holistic practice that nurtures both body and mind. Let's delve into the incredible advantages of prenatal yoga, empowering you to embrace this gentle yet powerful practice as you navigate the beautiful path of pregnancy.


  1. Promotes physical well-being: Prenatal yoga helps strengthen and stretch the muscles, improving overall flexibility, posture, and balance. It can also alleviate common discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as back pain and swelling.
  2. Enhances relaxation and stress reduction: Prenatal yoga incorporates breathing techniques and relaxation exercises, which can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of calmness during pregnancy.
  3. Increases body awareness: Through mindful movements and postures, prenatal yoga helps women become more in tune with their changing bodies, fostering a deeper connection with their pregnancy experience.
  4. Improves circulation: Prenatal yoga practices include gentle exercises that enhance blood circulation, reducing the risk of swelling, varicose veins, and blood clot formation during pregnancy.
  5. Boosts energy levels: The combination of gentle movements, stretching, and relaxation techniques in prenatal yoga can help alleviate fatigue and increase overall energy levels.
  6. Enhances breath control and preparation for labor: Prenatal yoga places a strong emphasis on conscious breathing techniques. Practicing these techniques can help pregnant women develop better breath control, which can be beneficial during labor and delivery.
  7. Supports pelvic floor health: Prenatal yoga includes exercises and poses that specifically target the pelvic floor muscles, which can help maintain their strength and flexibility during pregnancy, leading to better bladder control and a faster postpartum recovery.
  8. Promotes bonding with the baby: Prenatal yoga often incorporates visualization exercises and mindfulness techniques that encourage pregnant women to connect with their growing baby, fostering a sense of bonding and nurturing.
  9. Provides a supportive community: Prenatal yoga classes often provide a supportive environment where expectant mothers can connect with other pregnant women, share experiences, and receive emotional support.
  10. Prepares the body for childbirth: Prenatal yoga can help women develop strength, endurance, and flexibility, which are beneficial during labor and delivery. It also equips women with relaxation techniques that can assist in managing pain and promoting a positive birthing experience.


Important: Remember to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program during pregnancy and seek guidance from a certified prenatal yoga instructor to ensure safe and appropriate practices.


As you embark on the incredible journey of pregnancy, prenatal yoga can be your steadfast ally, providing a sanctuary of tranquility and strength. Embrace the opportunity to connect with your body, mind, and growing baby through gentle movements, deep breathing, and nurturing practices. From enhancing physical well-being to preparing you for the miraculous experience of childbirth, prenatal yoga offers a pathway to embrace the joys and challenges of pregnancy with grace and confidence. Embrace the serenity, the community, and the transformative power of prenatal yoga, and let it guide you toward a radiant and harmonious pregnancy.


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“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”

– Harriette Hartigan

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