Initially, when I look back at 2016, I remember the beginning of the year as full of challenges, all professional and linked to my work. I certainly saw what can happen when you express your opinions and I discovered that all women drawn towards doula work have very different reasons for doing so.
When women come on my doula course, one of their main concerns is how they will be perceived by midwives and other medical staff when they work as birth doulas. I can honestly say, that in the years that I’ve been a birth doula, I have never had any problems with the midwives that I have come into contact with.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a free training event at Effra Space in London run by the charity Birthrights. It was not the first time that I attended a Birthrights’ event, and as a matter of fact, I’m a big fan of this charity and pledge a monthly donation to support the organisation.
A few weeks ago, Adele spoke openly in the media about her struggles with postnatal depression after the birth of her son. Like so many other mothers, she struggled with adjusting to motherhood, and felt that having a baby had been a bad decision and that she was inadequately looking after her baby.
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.