So, you’ve just finished your doula training - a lovely few days together with a bunch of enthusiastic women - and you leave on the last day, feeling that you’ve found your purpose in life and that you’re ready to go out there and start supporting women and making a difference.
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.
As a doula course facilitator for the last 10 years, I have seen nearly 600 women follow their passion and become doulas. Since setting up my own course in 2012, I like to think that the 150 doulas who have trained with me through the BirthBliss Academy all possess something quite special.
I’ve spent over ten hours in my reasonably comfortable seat on board this brand new British Airways Dreamliner. I’ve watched three films that have made me laugh and have also had me in tears.
This reflective piece was written from the heart by Natalie Fay after her completion of the BirthBliss Aspiring Doula Foundation course. Wanted to share it with you all!
Women supporting women in labour and early mothering is an ancient and widespread practise. According to anthropological data reviewed and analysed from 128 non-industrialised hunting and gathering and agricultural societies, all but one offered support for the mother during labour and childbirth.
I’ve always loved using Penny Simkin’s Road Map of Labor with my clients as I found that the colourful and informative yellow brick road really helped parents approaching childbirth to get a good understanding of the process.
Are you thinking of training to be a doula with a university linked doula training course? If I was you, I would seriously think again! I don’t think the two go together! To me, it’s actually a complete oxymoron and the two words, ‘doula’ and ‘university’ do not belong in the same sentence. The reasons why are quite simple and I hope you’re willing to listen to how I feel about this.
Taking part in Anna's amazing workshop has really made me and everyone else who attended the workshop, make sense of many things in our lives.
Isn't it interesting that most birth workers are totally unaware of how we were born and for some reason don't feel that this is important. The question is, why are we in this line of work in the first place?
I look forward to welcoming Anna back in the UK again soon.
I had such a lovely time chatting with Phyllis about how wonderful it is to be able to support and guide women during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. She was telling me about her latest research, which is published in the third edition of "The doula book". Phyllis is the most gentle and caring of women and she is an inspiration!
I just feel so lucky to have met her and spent some time with her!
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.