Happy World Doula Week 2017!
If you follow Hello, Baby! on Facebook or Instagram you have probably been seeing a whole love of doula love being shared this week and for good reason. We love our work and it gets us super excited to have the chance to let everyone know more about who we are and what doulas do! Even better is the chance to tell you a little bit more about us as people and doulas and what we have learned about birthwork so far. Ready? Let’s do it!
This is me, Jenn, on my way out to a birth! One of the exciting things about being a birth doula is the "surprise" factor - babies come on their own schedule, that much is for sure. The name of the game when it comes to dressing for birth is comfort and layers. I have supported births as short as 5 hours and as long as 46 hours!
I remember seeing this quote a couple of years ago and it really stuck with me. The process of becoming a parent - whether that happens by birthing a child, surrogacy, or adoption - changes you in ways you couldn't have anticipated. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually you grow. It is an amazing process to be a part of and it deserves celebration!
Tool(s) I use most
There are so many wonderful resources and tools that can be used to support a person as they labour or after baby is born but in the end I tend to rely on the basics: my head and my hands. I love when birth balls, wraps, and cool cloths get pulled into the mix, but I am a firm believer in the power of touch and the comfort and strength it can help someone achieve during birth!
Some kind words from past clients.
A doula is there for YOU and the difference that kind of unconditional support can have on a person's experience with pregnancy, birth, loss, or the transition into parenting is real and important. Kind words like these are what makes the work we do so meaningful.
My doula bag
For the most part this is it! I do often have some essential oils for diffusing if that is something a client is interested in & one thing that is definitely missing is my phone charger! Other than that, there isn't much I need that we can't find in a home or hospital setting.
A Mentor/ Source of Inspiration
There are so many people who inspire me an my work as a doula. There are authors and researchers and other doulas who are very much part of why and how I got started on this path. I think, however, that one of my most constant sources of inspiration is a friend and family member - my sister-in-love, Sarah.
Warm. Intelligent. Determined. Strong. Wise. Willing to learn. Striving to heal. Sarah has been my companion and friend through the wild ride of pregnancy, birth, and life with a baby and now toddler. She has taught me so much about compassion and self-love. She is an unwavering friend and one of my biggest cheerleaders. Love you , Sarah!
What is my favourite part about being a doula?
As long as I can remember I have been looking for work that allowed me to help people in a meaningful way. It took me a long time to find the right path but after having my own experience with with pregnancy, birth, and the bumpy postpartum road and seeing first hand the deep impact that unbiased and unconditional support can have for a person going through this life and self changing process, I knew that becoming a doula was the first step to finding my "thing".
Are you thinking about hiring a doula?
If you think you would like to have a Hello, Baby! doula on your birth team click HERE to contact us and get the ball rolling. We would love to work with you and help you have a positive and empowered birth.