I had a fantastic meeting, this morning! I met with a local Non-Profit, exploring ways in which Birthworkers can effectively support women in need in our area. The Director and I had a wonderful chat about what her organization does. I was floored with the love, skill, and resources this group makes available to our community. She then asked me what services I, and other doulas in our area provide. I told her about helping women to become educated in their pregnancy and birth choices. I spoke about the importance of goals, and helping women utilize the right tools to reach their goals. We talked about unwavering support for mothers physically and emotionally as they make preparations, birth their babies, and transition into being a family.
“…And that’s just what Labor Doulas do! Have you ever heard what a Postpartum Doula provides?”
I told her about supporting families in their home during those critical and exhausting first three months of baby’s life. It is so rewarding to be able to offer breastfeeding support, assisting with newborn care, scheduling and organizational help, keeping baby related items clean and tidy, preparing healthy snacks, taking over baby duty while parents get some quality rest or time with their other children, and helping mama take care of herself during that critical Fourth Trimester.
“Wow! I had no idea you did all that!”
What she said next is something I’ve heard pretty frequently, “I wish I had known about Doulas when I was pregnant!”
I told her, now that she knows, it’s her job to let other mamas know, so they aren’t saying the same thing in five or ten years.
Now YOU know about Doulas, too. I happen to know a few who are amazing!
Love Thy Labor,