On Inclusion and Authenticity

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I am an inclusive doula. I also work hard to make sure my clients know my authentic self, just as I want to know their authentic selves.

I love diversity. I love meeting all sorts of people with diverse lifestyles and varying past experiences. I believe that diversity keeps us grounded in reality and allows us the opportunity to be authentic. Being true to yourself and unapologetically authentic is an amazing feeling, and I am proud to say that I run an inclusive doula business. I will provide care without judgement.

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As a member of the LGBT community myself, I understand how scary it can be looking for a care provider and doula. I understand feeling the need to hide and not necessarily be authentic. There is a certain level of hesitation and fear that comes along with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and polyamorous, particularly when you are meeting people for the first time (doulas included).

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**pic from http://www.lfosterphotography.com

If you are looking for a doula that is not only inclusive, but understands the challenges on a personal level, pop me a message. I would love to chat with you more about your authentic self and how I can be of service.

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Hug a Doula today!

worlddoulaweek

World Doula week started yesterday (March 22) to coincide with spring equinox, which represents the return of fertility in various cultures.

“The purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period. The World Doula Week events will take place all over the world during the same week, stating the benefits of the presence of doulas in birth and in the postpartum period:

 
* Reduces the incidence of c-sections      
* May shorten the length of labor      
* Reduces epidural and analgesic requests      
* Increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation     
* Increases mother’s satisfaction of birth experience      
* Can reduce the incidence of postpartum mood disorders     
* Increases new parents’ confidence in the care of their newborn” 
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You can find information about World Doula week on the “World Doula Week” facebook page, as well as event information on their event page. If you’re on Instagram, make sure to check out the #worlddoulaweek hashtag. And lastly, don’t forget to hug a Doula!!

Down, but not out.

I moved to Calgary in August 2012.  Since moving I took on a few births, a handful of placenta clients, and provided birth pool rentals to people who heard of me through the grapevine.  There were great plans of continuing my Doula work while working towards a Midwifery degree.  Well, as it turns out, a 3.85 GPA is not quite good enough for even an interview for the Midwifery program, so I’ll be back to school in September to upgrade.

Discouraged.

Working as a Birth Doula also turned out to be more difficult than anticipated.  I’m a single mother and having to call in a sitter (aka Grandma) at any moment in time just wasn’t ideal, and it’s hard not being able to plan at all when it comes to childcare.  As anyone in the birth world knows, most births occur during the middle of the night, so I’m sure you can guess how that went.  Turns out single parenting 4 children and working as a Doula is incredibly hard to balance.

Hesitation.

But wait!  That’s not it!  This post is not just about disappointment, personal failures, and my exit from birth work.  I may have been down, but I’m not out yet.  This is a positive post, I swear!  The tables have turned, and I am more optimistic than I have been in a long time about my role as a Birth Doula.  For the first time ever I have a feasible support system in place, and this support system has enabled myself to return to the birth world and finally do what I was made to do.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I can get back in to my skin, my passion, and my “normal” role of helping women and families feel empowered, informed and supported through one of the most monumental transitions of their life!  Childbirth.

Optimistic.

I will start taking clients that have a due date in September or later.  Check out my services and make sure to read the About me page, everything has been updated!

 

What is a Birth Doula?

Taken from the DONA website:

The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

A birth doula certified by DONA International is designated by the initials CD(DONA).

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.