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Doula: To Serve
September 6, 2018
When people think of birth, they typically think of the classic Hollywood portrayal in all the big movies. A hospital gown wearing mom screaming in pain, demanding pain relief and cursing her husband that “did this to her” while being coached to PUSHHHHH. Yeah that one. It’s no secret that media and our society have been conditioned to fear birth. When was the last time you saw a calm home birth with a midwife and doula where the mom isn’t screaming her head off in a major motion picture? Never? Many mothers have never even seen a birth until their own child is born. Most women in our nation aren’t there to witness and support sisters, cousins or friends during labor like other cultures do. We come from a society that is pressured into the fear of childbirth and the glorification of medical interventions.
When I first set out to have a natural birth I was met with all kinds of negativity and doubt. (mostly doubt) The two people that believed I could do it and encouraged me to do so was my doula and my husband. If I wasn’t so dang stubborn and hell bent to have a natural birth, I would have totally caved under the pressure from everyone else. Luckily, I didn’t and in doing so completely changed my life. I decided I wanted to be that same person for mothers as my doula was for me. Be the unwavering support families needed to pursue birth their way. Whichever way that was. No family should go into birth unprepared, uneducated or unsupported.
As a doula, I help families strive for the birth they choose. No matter what way a mother decides to bring a child into this world, I want to support them 100%. They need someone in their corner because the last thing a laboring mother needs is to convince those around her of her wishes. A doula trusts birth and is experienced in the process. By hiring a doula, you are creating a team. Your team. A doula’s only duty is to completely serve you and your family as a guide, educator and supporter.