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 … Continue reading Holding Space
Ok, so this isn't going to be a great story, just a short one about how I got started. It was a summer day, and I was meeting a friend at a local coffee shop. She happened to be pregnant with her first child, and I happen to be at the “end” of my parenting … Continue reading How I Became a Doula
Doulas often talk about their "doula bag." This usually refers to the tools she brings with her to a birth -- hot/cold packs, a birth ball pump, a Rebozo, pony tail holders, personal toiletries, phone charger, etc. This blog post takes a different look at what should be "in the bag."
As a doula, experience is important. But is it what defines a good doula? Every client is unique and every pregnancy and birth is unique -- even if you've "done this before." With that in mind, experience is important, but not always "useful" as it will need to be adapted to the current situation -- … Continue reading Training v. Experience
I recently read a definition of the word attune: to bring into harmony. I think this is a beautiful way to describe what we aspire to do as doulas. It is not my job to direct a certain outcome to a birth, or to make parenting choices for my clients. But what I can do … Continue reading Attunement
Most people that I run into haven't heard of a doula; or if they have they're not really sure what we do. I thought this blog post had a lot of good word pictures to give you an idea of who we are. What is a doula like?