Being a Doula is one of the most rewarding jobs, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
When I first became pregnant, I fell in love with all things pregnancy and birth. I knew that it was something I wanted to experience the rest of my life, not just through having children but also assisting other women through birth.
This time in a woman’s life is one of the greatest experiences she will ever go through! Nothing will effect you quite like carrying life for 9 months, giving birth to a bowling ball and being thrown into mother-hood.
The number one thing I’ve learnt through my journey as a mother and Doula is that the way we perceive birth greatly impacts the direction it takes. And that’s why I do what I do. To help mothers realize how beautiful birth can be if we trust our bodies, trust our creator and tell fear to take a hike!
What I love most about being a Doula and Educator:
- Seeing women in their most vulnerable, innocent and vibrant state. I find women to be so fully awake and in tune with themselves when they first become mothers (the moment of conception).
- Seeing a women transformed by knowledge. There is nothing like giving women the tools they need to have a beautiful, natural, safe and easier labour. Knowledge truly is power.
- The thrill of getting “the call”. Whether it is in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning, there is nothing more exciting than grabbing your Doula bag while calming your labouring mum over the phone and sneaking out of the house so not to wake the kids.
- Seeing how much joy the partner gets out of being involved. I think a lot of the time men feel like they have no roll to play or feel like they shouldn’t be involved. Once they start learning along side the mum, they open up and start absorbing information like a child! I couldn’t count how many times I’ve had dads ask more questions than their wives. But the most humbling thing to see: the strength of a man when his woman needs him the most and the way he crumbles with emotion when his baby is born. Breathtaking.
- Giving all I have physically to give her comfort. Leaving the birth feeling like I just ran a marathon. There’s nothing like feeling you gave 100% and jumping into bed after a long birth.
- Watching her. Those moments and hours where there isn’t a sound in the room and you’re just watching this woman birth. You know her body is doing something so incredible and though you cannot see them, that little being inside of her is moving, breathing, and is just as much a part of the birth. You can almost tangibly feel the holiness in that moment.
- The birth. A moment I cannot ever explain in words. Giving birth and being a part of someone elses birth is a very different experience. It is so incredibly humbling, breathtaking, weird and miraculous. Emotions are all over the place. It brings me to tears every single time. This is what I live for.
- Capturing the photos and watching them grow. Spending the weeks after editing the birth photography is amazing. It’s a great time to reflect and see how beautiful each moment was when put on pause. When the mum gets the photos, it’s a very surreal experience for her. Being so “in the moment” during birth doesn’t give you much time to think and having her see her photographs is quite a special moment. I also love staying in touch with the families and children. There’s a deep connection I have with these women and their little’s. I wish I could show how much gratitude I have to be a part of their birth.
I wish I could better put into words how amazing being a Doula can be. This is just part of what drives me and gives me so much joy. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
If you are considering becoming a Doula, let this inspire you. Though it is one of the most rewarding careers you’ll ever find, it can also be very difficult at times. If you’re interested in reading more on the ups and downs of being a Doula, keep an eye out for my future blog post.
Are you a Doula or have you hired a Doula before? I would love to hear about your experience or what you love most about being a Doula! Leave me a comment below!