I remember reading once that any woman over the age of 12 can attend a woman in labor. The role is highly maternal and I completely understand why someone said it. I also believe that just attending is not always enough. A couple hundred years ago, women would be surrounded by the women in her community during her labor. Usually the primary attendants would be women who had given birth and women who had attended many others, but the circle of women was larger than that. They would all have borne witness to normal/physiologic labor, labor without intervention. Today, many of the women who have gone before us, our mothers, maybe even grandmothers are often great distances away from us and have experienced and witnessed a far more medicalized version of the birth process. The world has changed. Now, professional doulas serve women because we are experienced in modern birth practices, outside of the hospital, and within. We go through trainings, we read, we attend, and read some more. We learn from classes, midwives, nurses, doctors, and from the women we support. Our job is not to make choices for you, but to educate you, hopefully inspire you, inform you about choices and options you may have, listen to you and try to calm your worries and fears, empower you to become the mother you want to be, and to support your partner in being what he/she needs to be, wants to be in your support. We are charged with assisting you with your physical, emotional, and mental comfort and well being throughout your pregnancy, labor, and beyond. If you are in the greater Seattle are and wish to talk more about what I can offer, I invite you to contact me.
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