What is an “un-doula doula” you ask? Well, it’s a Doula that is unable to act as a doula for various reasons, be it work, school, single-motherhood, you name it. Yet at the same time, while not able to physically attend births, she is still available for the myriad of other birth/postpartum related needs. Take me for example, because… well… I am currently an “un-doula doula”. Due to several life circumstances, I am unable to attend middle of the night birthings… and as I’m sure you know if you’re reading this blog, most births take place in the middle of the night. So there begins my path down the tunnel of un-doulahood.
But wait! There is light at the end of the tunnel! Although I may not be able to attend births at this moment, I am still connected to the birth world and love helping pregnant mamas. I love chatting about birth plans, pain coping techniques, pregnancy issues, and postpartum plans. I am connected to the birthing mamas of Lethbridge through my admiration and support of every mother walking the journey to birthing their babies and raising them earthside. I am still here! I am still here with EcoBaby, as well as the babywearing group. I will still answer any question about pregnancy, birth, bonding and postpartum that you may have. I am still here, and a day will come when I will doula again, and remove the title of UN. But until then, I will be the best damn un-doula that I possibly can be. 🙂
And with that said, it’s a weird place to be as an “un-doula”.