Just this week I was asked what a doula is, fitting for World Doula Week. I always explain doula work in two short paragraphs depending on who I am speaking with.
“Think of your best friend or sister being with you through your entire pregnancy. Now think of your best friend or sister being with you through your entire pregnancy, but with absolutely no opinion on what or how you do unless you ask them for the information. That’s your doula - we’re going to love you and support you in whatever way you need in the moment without any bias whatsoever.”
“Imagine you’ve decided to run a triathlon in nine months, a triathlon you aren’t allowed to quit once you’ve started the race. You’re determined to succeed so what do you do? You hire a trainer. Someone who knows the ins and outs of triathlons. A person who is going to lift you up and push you through when you need it, who has every answer to any triathlon question you have, and who is going to be there cheering you on at the end no matter if you run, walk, or crawl across the finish line. That’s what a doula does, but instead of a triathlon it’s with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.”
So now that you have idea about what a doula is, let’s look at some amazing doulas in action.
Let’s finish World Doula Week off strong. Thank you doula if you had one, tell another doula you admire how amazing they are, and if you’re expecting reach out to a local doula and learn more!