Welcome to my blog and thanks in advance for reading and learning with me on this new journey!
I expect that most blog entries will be doula-related, but I am also looking forward to writing about parenting and cooking and spirituality and bluegrass. You just never know.
I am studying for my doula certification. Most folks don't know what a doula is, so I'll start with this brief definition (though even my own definition of a doula is bound to evolve over the course of my study): A doula offers support, information and encouragement to parents before, during and/or after birth. The doula's role changes with each client, depending on the client's needs with each birth.
My introduction to the doula birth professional position was during the pregnancy of my first daughter. A dear lady who had been my Sunday School teacher in High School was seeking her certification and graciously offered to serve as my doula. I was 19 years old and I truly needed the support. She was very knowledgeable and helped me with a birth plan that gave me confidence going into the birth. As I was laboring, she was with me for the duration. She gave me the courage to own my birth, and to do it without pain medication. I very clearly remember her taking me by the shoulders when I had lost the will to go on with labor and telling me that I could do it. I was going to have this baby and I could do it. I believed her.
Doulas are associated with better outcomes in labor and birth. Doulas reduce epidural, episiotomy and cesarean rates. Beyond the black and white benefits of having a doula, a doula can enhance the birth experience for both mother and partner, helping them to be confident and informed. The aspect of doula work that I am most looking forward to is helping mothers reclaim birth as their own. I believe that birth should be an empowering rather than traumatic experience.
I received in the mail today my materials from Childbirth International. I'm very eager to begin.
Please feel free to comment on or share this blog. Thank you!