In countries, cultures and communities around the world, women support women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. That support can be from family: mothers, sisters, aunts and friends or it can come from midwives, nurses, healers or wisewomen. This is not new, this has gone on since the beginning of time. However, in North America, women are often unsupported through this transitional and important time in their lives. Enter the modern day ‘doula’. The doula is the person who offers unconditional and unbiased emotional and physical support to a mother and her baby’s family during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum year.
People have often commented that they feel called to do this work. It is something you have in you, or you don’t. You either say “blech” or “cooool” when it comes to birth work. If you have a passion to work with childbearing families, this is the place for you.