A Doula’s Work

To be a doula is to continue on the ancient work that women have always done. Since time immemorial women have always cared for other women in this tender moment of metamorphosis. Doula, the word itself sounds ancient rolling off the tongue, and means caregiver.
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Yes, we provide physical and emotional comfort measures as well as informational support while labour is underway. But for me, more importantly, I hold her hand and walk beside her while she undoes and steps out of the very fabric of who she once was, so she can not only birth her baby, but rebirth herself.
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Pregnancy and birth is a brief portal in time where a woman undergoes dramatic changes, far beyond a blossoming belly. Her heart, hips, breasts and brain expand and soften to become a landing pad; a home for a new human. It is a download of information and her body has never demanded her attention quite like this. During labour I am there to remind her to allow the energy of birth to happen; to keep herself soft, expand into the contraction, to release the energy through her throat, as the cervix looks up to this similar gateway for guidance. Low, slow vibrations. It’s all connected.
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For me, being a doula means understanding the language of tears, milk, sweat and blood; the waters that accompany a woman while she ebbs and flows, and navigates her way into the deepest, furthest parts of the mother matrix to collect her child from the stars. Reading colours, and body language, scanning to see where she may need help is a big part of my work.
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I love birth. I love the women and families who invite and trust me to be in their sacred, intimate space. I love working with spirits just on the other side of the veil, midwifing souls down safely from the other side. I love the potential that is every new human being. I love doing ancient work in a modern world.
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To all my doula sisters… and in particular Karen Bilous, for showing me the ropes and witnessing both my babes come to me….Happy World Doula Week!!! Cheers!