Today is a special day, a day of new beginnings. I am officially a doula in the making. Working with a talented team across the globe, I am starting my journey toward supporting families as they are expecting, meeting and getting to know their children, and learning more about themselves.
There can not be a better time to start. For me there can not be a better choice.
When faced with options, the wisdom says to choose the one that scares you most. Here I go.
Who is a doula?
I am sure all of you heard of a midwife. A midwife is a doctor, who works with future mothers and is present when a new baby enters the world. A Doula is also a trained health professional, yet her job is to provide not medical, but rather emotional, psychological and extensive informational support to women. A Doula will help the woman prepare for birth, she will assist during the whole birth process, and will provide attentive care to mom and baby during the postpartum period.
The term “Doula” came about in 1970s, yet as a profession existed across thousands of years around the world. In our history, it was quite common to have a trusted knowledgeable woman join you in birth, for gentle care, for continuous support, for the feeling of “togetherness” and reassurance in the process — for the mom, for the dad and the new baby.
I am a Psychologist and a Knowledge Designer by training, who has been working with families and little ones for 13 years. I am taking all of the academic and real-world experience, the passion for parenting and the love for moms and dads and adding it all to the Doula craft. I am ready to learn diligently, stepping on this path with an open mind and an open heart, while feeling supported on the way. Today, I dive into this new world which is so tender and so powerful.
I am supporting moms and dads as they are transitioning to parenthood or becoming parents for a 2nd, 3rd, or Nth time. I am here for information about pregnancy, birth, lactation, sleep, lifestyle, worries, self-image, as well as feelings of excitement, uncertainty, fear or any other.
I am here to be with you in the birth. I will not make medical decisions, a midwife will help us with that, yet I am here to hold your hand, to breathe with you, to help you explain anything that may seem new. I am here for comfort, for reassurance, I am here to listen to you and to be by your side. I am here to celebrate with you and your baby. I will be here in case you are unsure of something in the first few weeks after the birth. And will be there when you’ll have another baby 🙂