This week is World Doula Week which feels like the perfect time to share a little more my work as a doula!
Doula's have been attending birth since...forever. Doula (doo-lah) is a Greek word that means "servant to women" or "mothering the mother." Across time and cultures this type of support has existed. We expand that definition these days to say that a doula supports a birthing person (and partner) though the process of pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. That's really simplified, but hopefully you get the idea!
Doulas are a form of pain relief in themselves (Hofmeyr, 1991). Having continuous labour support and someone who is present solely for the birthing person and who can support their needs turns out to be pretty important!! We know this because of evidence, but we also know this from experience - whether you've given birth or not - the impact of having someone be with you through a big life event makes a huge difference.
I answer a bunch of questions about doulas on my website (like what's the difference between a midwife and doula??) and you can read that here.
I became a birth doula about 2 years ago, you can see from this photo I am very pleased.
I was just following the little nudges I get from the inside and signed up to take the training.
As it goes with nudges, it ended up opening up so much more than I would have ever guessed. I can see that now!
It turns out I'm extremely passionate about birth...
This is where I could go on a tangent about the importance of support and education. But, I'm not gonna! You can ask me all about it in person, haha!
I will say this though, it is my wish/prayer/hope as a doula and a human that we remember how significant the experience of giving birth is to a woman, and how significant the experience of being born is to a baby. It matters. And it has an impact.
I am so grateful to be able to be with families in this way and to advocate for births that revolve around options, support and respect.
Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about doulas or the work I do as a doula, please ask me!
Here's to more births that include continuous support!!
P.S. There is no Qoya tonight! The next class is April 3rd. Sign up here.