Tag Archive: doula work

It’s about so much more.

Birth birth birth. On Saturday I attended a really lovely, uncomplicated birth that really gave me back a little of the faith I’d been losing. Honestly, the last four births I’ve attended have all been pretty frustrating for me in one way or another. They’ve also been really great, in their own way, teaching me so much. Each of those women seemed to be happy with their experience (with the exception of the first one– she was basically bullied and traumatized and we did a lot of work talking about her whole experience for weeks afterwards), and I really feel like I did my job as a doula as well as I could, and learned a lot from each unique situation. So that’s great.

Despite the good outcomes, each one left me sighing on the way home- and not just for lack of sleep.… Continue Reading...

Happy things!

Food, garden, baby… BABIES, actually! Whoa. Life is so full these days, even in the dead of winter. I am really grateful for this slow(er) season. It’s really giving me the opportunity to do some things that I wouldn’t be able to justify otherwise. I’m trying to pick up the pace on doula-ing before baby comes. I don’t see much of an opportunity after baby, and then I’ll be in massage school next February for a full year (with some classes that I can’t miss, even for a birth- although I suppose I could think about teaming up with my dear sister as a back up… there’s a thought. Even so, it might be hard with all our kids to find care for then…). So birth work will possibly have to take a backseat for a good year and a half.… Continue Reading...

Birth rantings…

I attended my second birth as a doula this past weekend. It was a good experience, overall. I was with her for about 20 hours, all said and done. In the beginning there wasn’t much for me to do. I just stayed with her and helped keep things light. I commended her on how well she was handling contractions and got her water and juice. We walked and walked. Then later things got heavier. Her doctor wanted to break her water, and it was after that happened that things got more intense for her. From that point on I got to do a lot of physical support. I’m still a little sore in the shoulders. It was definitely a good experience for me in that respect.… Continue Reading...