I Found Joy in becoming a Doula
Updated: Nov 13, 2020
I remember being a new mother, up with my daughter in the middle of the night, breastfeeding around 3 am, scrolling through Instagram. I saw a picture of birth that drew me in. I saw a picture of a mother sitting alone, gripping the side of the bed in a hospital room, her face in anguish. She had just given birth and everyone was focused on the baby. They were taking care of the newborn's needs, weighing and putting on the first diaper, doing all the things the baby needs in the first few hours of life, Meanwhile, mom was in a bit of pain and discomfort. Her hormones were going crazy. As she had just had the baby minutes before. And everyone was focused elsewhere. My question was, who was taking care of her?
The person who took the picture was a friend of hers, noticing that she was kind of left all alone. That's what made me become a doula. I had been in that place, a couple months earlier, and I realize that I was lucky. While I didn't have a doula, I had attentive nurses who were wonderful and looked out for me while others were looking after my newborn.
“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers--strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”
― Barbara Katz Rothman
Having a baby is a life changing experience. You are bringing a new life into the world, into your home, and into your life. There will be some changes and sometimes, you just need some support to help you navigate this new adventure and empower you in your new role. That's where doulas step in. Doulas can be a support system for the whole family, not just the birthing person. Doulas support the family through pregnancy, helping them to get prepared for birth and postpartum. Doulas can become part of your birthing team, answering concerns and questions while giving personalized resources and evidence based knowledge. I love the idea of helping people and working with families to ensure confidence and success! It truly takes a village to raise children and encourage new parents. I love just holding space for new parents, making sure that they're safe, comfortable, and their voices and desires are being heard and met. I found joy in becoming a Doula.
I can't imagine where I'd be without my support system. That's why I feel honored to be invited into the sacred space of childbirth every time I work with my clients. I found a way to combine my love of helping families flourish and my excitement of birth work in being a doula. I am forever humbled and love being a doula.
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