Wednesday, November 11, 2015

As Your Doula

I work for you.  I will give you all kinds of information about your birth options.  I will talk to you about your goals for your birth.  I will do research about anything I do not know, and come back to you with all the evidence I can find.  I will be there for you if you need to ask any questions during your pregnancy.  I will be almost as excited about your impending labor as you are.  I will wait anxiously by the phone for the call that might come in the middle of the night to come and join you while you are in labor.  I will come to your house, if you want to keep laboring at home.  I will follow you to the hospital or meet you as you arrive. I will hold your hand and tell you that everything is going normally, if it is.  I will decode any medical-speak you don’t understand and make sure that you are making informed decisions about your care.  I will squeeze your hips and try all my tricks to help you stay as comfortable as possible during your labor. If you ask me a third time, I will run to get the anesthesiologist to give you your epidural.  I’ll suggest position changes and help you move into them.  I will make you go to the bathroom every hour during labor. I will be there with you the entire time.  I will help guide you through the entire process, and I will love every minute of it.

I want for you to have the birth that you want to have.  I don’t care if you get an epidural; I still have ways that I can help you. If you don’t want an epidural, I know how to get you there too.  I want you to leave your birth feeling fulfilled.  I want you to feel like you accomplished something, because having a baby is a MAJOR accomplishment no matter how it happens.  I want you to feel like you were supported in every decision you made along the way, and that you had all the information to make each one.   I want for you to be happy with your birth, exactly how it happened, no matter if it was to plan or not.  I want so much for you to completely exhilarated and excited about your birth, so much so that you can’t wait to tell the story to anyone that will listen. 

I believe that birth is amazing.  There is nothing more exciting than getting to watch a new baby come earthside.  Getting to be a part of that process is what makes the job of a doula so rewarding.  I believe in this work and its value.  I believe that this job makes a difference not only in the lives of the women we serve, but also in all those that we touch through our service: the nurses and other hospital staff, the physicians, the midwives, the family members, and the friends. I believe that one birth at a time, I am making a difference in the way that birth is viewed and approached.  Most of all, I believe that this work is my passion.


Doulas make a difference.  Doulas everywhere want to change birth one mother at a time. Doulas are evidence-based. 

2 comments:

  1. You made me feel accomplished even though, let's face it, nothing went the way I was expecting (although pretty much perfectly as I was dreading. I feel like I'm psychic or something). :)

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  2. If only I had known you back when I had my babies! You are an amazing woman!

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