When I got out of high school, I knew I would go to college, it wasn’t even a question. I picked a major in Computer Science because, well, I can’t really offer a reason. I think because I knew there’d be a job for me at the end of it; but I had no affinity for it. I can’t even say I knew what it really was. That probably should have been my first red flag.
Parenthood is such a huge experience, there is so much on the job training. I think it’s only fair we get to add those learned skills to our resume.
That is the question
Our ancestors didn’t have a choice about medication in labor. There was no technology to help them if they wanted or needed it. However, they did live more active lifestyles, which may have decreased the need for help. Also, perhaps birth was considered a normal part of life instead of something to fear, lessening the want for help.
Doulas wilt, like any flower or person, after working for long hours. And a soggy doula doesn’t make anyone happy. A concern for parents and birth professionals alike is how to keep the doula fresh so she can help her clients effectively?
There are some things we buy that can be made so simply (and/or so much healthier!) for so much less money. Who knew? Here are some things to try:
There is a small but vocal group of placenta encapsulators who insist that working in the mother's home is the "only safe way" to prepare a placenta. We have asked for facts to support this stance; the two big ideas that were provided were the biome and a mother's security that she is getting her own placenta back. We would like to address those concerns and explain how and why we use our process.
Our language has a profound impact on our thoughts and beliefs. Words are powerful. They can create or destroy; increase confidence or insecurity. Some of the common language we use when it comes to birth and babies is disempowering to mothers.
One of the most common questions we hear is, "How can I make more milk?" We have a few less common tricks we've found helpful.
The midwife who opened our first birth center here in Colorado ran into a problem. Doulas who were used to "protecting” moms in hospital births were coming into her birth place and interacting in a confrontational manner with staff members. This is problematic in many ways.
I had my trusty minivan for thirteen years, and it was time to replace her (yes, I considered my car a "girl"). Moving into my new vehicle taught me a few things about what doula support is and teaching birth classes.
Melissa and Ellen are birth doulas, childbirth educators, placenta encapsulation specialists, and Parent Effectiveness Training instructors serving the Denver, CO area. They are passionate about pregnancy, birth, baby care, and parenting. They bring over twenty years of combined experience to their premium childbirth classes, doula support, parenting classes, and placenta encapsulation services in the metro Denver area.