Why I Became a Doula
After giving birth to my second daughter, Emilia May, I started to miss being in labour. I was fortunate enough to have had an incredibly empowering home birth with the support of my husband, mom, and amazing midwife. In the weeks following Emilia’s birth, I thought a lot about the differences between my labour with Emilia and my hospital birth two years earlier with my first daughter, Madelaine Eve. I began to realize just what an impact the amount of support I had at home had on me, and I became passionate about urging the women I knew to find that kind of support for their labours.
It didn’t occur to me that I could in fact be that support for others until my midwife encouraged me to look into becoming a birth doula. I mentioned the idea to a few people to gauge their opinions and was greeted with so much positive feedback that I knew it would be a great fit. I took the birth doula training at Mothering Touch a few short weeks later, and am now working towards my certification with DONA International.
As a key life experience, I believe birth can be an empowering process that deserves to be honoured, celebrated, and remembered positively.