My journey into the area of birth-work began in 2013 with my first pregnancy. On our hospital tour, a woman stood up and began speaking on the benefits of having a doula supported birth. My memory is fuzzy, but apparently it caught my husband’s attention. A few weeks later, we headed out for a date night and he said, “Diana, there are these women called doulas and I am getting one for you.” I said, “A what?” He continued, “I want someone there who knows what is going on with you and who has done this before. The nurse will not be with us the whole time and I won’t know what to do to help you. She’ll be like your servant.” And as the saying goes the rest is history. I went on to hire a doula for my second birth and then in the final trimester of my fourth pregnancy I attended a birth doula training. A year a half later I became a certified birth doula with DONA International. It is so simple, but I had such a great experience with my doulas and the positive impact they had on my birth experiences, I just wanted to be one. Plus I could make my own schedule and still be a stay at home mom. Now I am not a poet by any means, but when I start talking about a woman in labor, I can’t hold back, so I wanted share with you some words…
Fortitude is the word that resonates deep within my heart when I am in the presence of a woman in labor. Her grit, her vulnerability, her will to birth her baby. There is a radiating feminine energy that spills out through the sweat and tears, there are the primal sounds which echo from the depths of her spirit, there is a transformative energy that is birthed and the mother is born. It is so powerful to be in the presence of this miracle, it humbles me.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my pilgrimage into birth-work. I am grateful for your time and I simply can not wait to meet you!