I am often asked how or why I decided to become a postpartum doula. When I was doing some research I came across "birth doulas”. I began to look further into what a doula is and does. I quickly realized that the work of a doula is not just specific to birth but also postpartum. When reading the description of what a postpartum doula does everything felt and rang true for me.
This career embodies who I am and what I believe in.
If you have previously been introduced to the doula stereotype you may be confused when you meet me. I am not a hippy, a naturopath or homeopath. I do not have a preference for whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, or for any specific parenting philosophy. I am also not an activist for natural birth or medicated birth. I have experienced both and neither left me feeling any less or more of a woman.
What I am is a mother of two beautiful boys whom I am raising according to how I feel works best for me and embodies my personal beliefs and I believe others should do the same. ProDoula has taught me that my personal opinions are not relevant for the family next door to me or my future clients; as we each search for and identify the philosophies that feel right for us.
So here is my exercise for you: Close your eyes just for a minute and take a deep breath, how does being fully supported look and feel for you?
Can you picture a postpartum doula by your side supporting you through your baby's first year?