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.
“We have a secret in our culture: it’s not that birth is painful,
it’s that women are strong.”
~ Laura Stavoe Harm ~
At first glance, being a doula might not look all that appealing. The hours are totally unpredictable, you have no real idea when your clients will call you or how long they will need you for, you can only really take on one (sometimes two maximum, when working with a backup) client a month, and there is no guarantee that anyone is going to hire you.
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.