Becoming a Doula

This weekend I am becoming a Doula. NOT:

a practitioner...

a partner...

a nurse...

or a family member.

Sorry - just practicing.  I am becoming an advocate for the baby and for mom.  For her partner and for the birth experience they would like to have.  I am opening myself up to work within our current medical system.  A system that is originally designed to aid in the birthing process but due to lack of research and inappropriately used tools has become a place of fear for birthing mothers.  I would like to share this quote from Rachel Swan Design:

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” -Ben Okri

I saw this quote this morning; it resonated with me so strongly.  This weekend has been akin to laboring.  Our instructor warned of us this.  I feel as if I am re-experience parts of my labor with Soren and wondering, questioning, getting angry and then feeling calm with these empowering women around me.  I know, now - why labor's need doulas.  Doulas can be an essential part of the laboring process.

We are not designed to labor alone, in stirrups, legs wide open on our backs.  I could expound on this for days.  The pregnancy is something of joy and beauty - a time to educate, learn - feel safe.  Postpartum is about support, rest, recovery and discovery - of this little, precious life that was just brought into the world.  

I am bursting with positive birthing energy - there is so much to tell, but to avoid being long winded, I will post some photos instead.  Our workshop is taking place in a beautiful space designed for yoga practice.  There are hanging plants, positive energy and a circle of women I will never forget.

Much more to come.  Thank you Peyton for sharing your belly and baby with us for palpitating and fetoscope monitoring and allowing me to snap a couple photos of that beautiful belly!