I'm just getting home from a consult with a potential client, and it always dawns on me, how many people don't know what a doula is. Or, more specifically, what all there is to what a doula does.
In its basic form, a doula is a support person for a pregnant, labouring, or postpartum person. Now, that doesn't give much insight. Yeah, it sounds straightforward, but there is so much more to what having a doula can bring you.
As a doula, I am you're birth sherpa. I have the resources, training, and years of experience behind me to help you navigate the next few months of pregnancy. I lend an ear to all the comments and advice you've received; good and bad. I can help you decipher the myths from facts, and I understand what you may want, to make your decisions.
I'll also never judge you. This is not my birth, baby, or postpartum. This is a sacred time between you, your baby, and partner (if you have one). Yes, I've birthed 4 children, but none of those experiences will be yours.
I do inherently believe that we are created to birth the child we conceived. And I do hold on to the belief that women are powerful creatures, or else we would not have made it this far. But more so, I believe in your ability to understand and decide what path you need to take to feel safe along this journey.
As a doula, I honour all your decisions, and I can only hope to help lift the burden of figuring out all-the-things by providing solid evidence, and a warm shoulder. This is your time, whether you decide to have your child in your kitchen in a kiddy pool, or in the hospital with an epidural, I'm here for you.
During the birth, I'm there to get you ice water, hold your puke bucket, or warm your partners coffee. I can also distract your crying two year old, or start the shower for you so it's that perfect temperature to ease your aching back. I'll hold that space so that you feel safe, warm, and surrounded by love. Because, in the end, this is your time, and I want you to know that I'm here for it all.
When baby arrives, and everyone is excited and loud, and the lights come on; I'll be your soft touch. I'll make sure you get a snack, some fresh juice, a gentle hug, I'm there for what you need.
Being a doula for the last 12 years has opened my eyes to the infinite possibilities in life. As long as the birthing person is supported, and cared for by people she loves, the positive outcomes are endless.
I believe in you.
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