I first heard this term during my doula training with ProDoula. I instantly thought it was a beautiful way to describe what we were learning to do.
I came across a good article about what it means to hold space for another person. As I read it, I thought about times that I had held space for my children, for my friends and my family. And I thought about all the people in my life who have held space for me. I have also received other kids of support (physical, monetary, etc) but none as important as when space was held for me. In those moments I was allowed to be myself and feel what I needed to feel, make my own decisions and have my own experience.
As a doula I now have the privilege to hold space for women and their partners as they have the experience of bringing their child into the world. I have the opportunity to hold space for them in their homes as they trust their instincts and lean into each other as they start the journey of parenting a new little one.
Holding space is a great way to describe what doulas do.