Introducing Sarah Mosier, BirthBliss Doula Of The Month, April 2018.
I am a Doula UK recognised birth doula and a mentored postnatal doula. I mostly work in South London but occasionally recommendations take me further afield. I have been working as a doula since 2015. I have three children of my own who are 18, 13 and 9 years old.
What inspired you to become a doula?
I had a postnatal doula for my third child and Marie was heaven sent. I could not believe that I managed without her for so long! She inspired me to give back what I received from her to support other new mums.
What did you do for a living before becoming a doula and if so, how has this helped you when working as a doula?
Several things! My degree is in Archaeology and Anthropology but I also worked in TV for years. Then moved to Russia and studied the language as well as Art.
What has been the highlight of your doula career so far?
There have been so many! My first client will always be a special woman in my life. We are still in contact and I have enjoyed our friendship and her continual support of me in recommendations.
What have you found the most difficult?
In postnatal work, the endless amount of online reading my clients do in the wee hours of the night because they think all-night nursing and holding their baby is wrong. In birth work, maternity triage! I get my client there and I am quite sure she is in established labour and that doubtful waiting is so demoralising for the parents.
Can you share one lesson you have learnt through your work as a doula?
Always start with a YES in hospitals, agree with the midwife and give her well-deserved compliments straight away. You will work better once you establish a rapport and you have given her the kudos for her medical background and made clear that you are there in a supportive role.
What is the one essential item you can't be without in your doula kit?
Colour coded face flannels, one for my client's brow, one for her vagina and one for her baby.
And finally, what would be your one piece of advice to a woman who is considering training as a doula?
Momentum, just as in labour, is key to the process. Adapt a “The little engine that could” attitude. Don't lose faith in not having supported at a birth yet - forge ahead. It will happen! Take advice from fellow doulas and go to meet ups whenever you can. Doulas are more likely to refer doulas they have met.
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.