Introducing Sarah Mosier, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, April 2018.
Happy International Women’s Day!
There is definitely something very special that happens when a group of women come together with a common cause or common interest.
Introducing Sue Adcock, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, February 2018.
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.
It seems that no matter how much a woman reads about birth or parenting, or how much time she has spent with children, very little can actually prepare her for becoming a mother.
I can vividly remember driving over to my first ever birth. It was December 2002 and my client, pregnant with her third child and booked for a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean), called me in the middle of the night.
I’m not talking about a football coach, standing on the side-line shouting instructions and I can’t think of anything more ‘un-doula-like’ but when I say coach I mean more in the sense of a life coach.
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.
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.
Today is Universal Children’s Day.
I strongly believe that giving children the best possible start in life means giving their mothers the best chance of a healthy and positive birth experience that is free of unnecessary intervention and disruption - birth can have a big impact on a child’s current and future health.
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.