I’m sure you don’t need us to tell you that when you decide to commit yourself to a woman or couple, as their doula, you are signing up for the whole shabang. During the natural course of your career supporting new parents, you are bound to find yourself in situations that are tough. You may … Read more
Here’s a lovely piece of work by a recent DD graduate. The Value of a Doula I hear you I listen to your words, and I listen to your silences Your hopes, your fears Your beliefs and projections Your future and past Your unspoken/whispered/shouted words are welcome, heard and acknowledged I see you I see … Read more
I’ve been thinking a lot about listening recently. These two ears have heard some stories, I can tell you! I hear stories of love, trauma, betrayal, bitterness, jealousy, romance, exaltation and secrets that would turn you scarlet. As I listen to women, I watch their faces or, if on the phone, listen as hard … Read more
There are amazing things going on out there in the world that are being manifest by Developing Doulas graduates. In one city, an enormous group of mothers have found friendship, freedom to nurse in public and a sense of empowerment – all brought together by one new doula. Somewhere else in the world, a young … Read more
I love the feeling of anticipation as I gear up to begin a new course and meet a new group of aspiring doulas. They all sound so lovely, passionate and committed to supporting new parents on the phone…but what will they be like in real life? It can be un-nerving working with a new group … Read more
Dads are an integral part of many planned births nowadays and many want to be very involved but there is a lot to think about when it comes to how a doula can complement the father’s role. Here’s a good article from Doulas of North America about the way we support fathers.
As promised, here is my list of what’s in my birth bag. This is NOT a definitive list – all doulas have little things they like to take with them. If you search on the Doula UK forum, you’ll find old discussions about birth bag contents and search through the old newsletters too (all available … Read more