What is a Doula

As some of you might know, this week is World Doula Week! (3/22-3/28). In celebration of the occasion I am participating in Not Just Nine's blogging challenge. I'll be posting a blog each day to celebrate doulas and educate anyone who will listen! Want to join the challenge? It's not too late!

Today's topic is something I answer several times every day. The question is: what is a doula?

 

A doula is someone who accompanies you at the birth of your child.

A doula is someone who doesn't question your decisions or opinions.

A doula is someone who will hold your hair back as you puke, and then has your waterbottle in hand before you have the chance to ask for it.

A doula is someone who you trust.

A doula is someone who makes you feel safe.

A doula is someone who will get out of bed at any hour of the day to come see you.

A doula is someone who never questions your morals or values.

A doula is someone who never judges a teen mom or 40-something mother.

A doula is someone who provides you with truly unbiased, evidenced-based information.

A doula is someone who cries with you.

A doula is someone who celebrates with you.

A doula is someone who sees inside your bedroom during the wee hours of the morning.

A doula is someone who misses birthday parties and Christmas mornings to be with you.

A doula is someone who never makes you feel guilty or selfish.

A doula is someone who pulls all-nighters and sometimes sleeps in chairs.

A doula is someone who reminds your partner how to do the double hip squeeze without you ever knowing.

A doula is someone who turns the TV off when you are getting close to pushing.

A doula is someone who understands when you yell at your birth team.

A doula is someone who loves her job.

A doula is someone who has family and friends who miss her.

A doula is someone who massages your legs and back for hours and hours straight.

A doula is someone who knows you can do it.

A doula is someone who isn't disappointed when you get pain medication.

A doula is someone who advocates for you.

A doula is someone who knows all about your birth values long before you go into labor.

A doula is someone who cares about you.

A doula is someone who reminds you to eat when you haven't.

A doula is someone who brings you pillows and blankets.

A doula is someone who supports your breastfeeding journey.

A doula is someone who reminds you that your body is made to birth your baby.

 A doula is someone who, above all, listens to you.

 

Did you have a doula at your birth? How would you describe her?