One Family At A Time
Doulas aren't yet a household name. As doulas, we are accustomed to frequent questions. "What is a doula, anyway? Is that, like, a midwife?" Even though the role of a doula is very different from that of a midwife, it's no wonder that people don't understand the power that doula support can have on their families. The role of a nonjudgemental support person who provides continuous support before, during, and after labor and birth and well into the parenting years is not something most people are accustomed to hiring a professional to do.
When I attended my first professional doula training, I remember my trainer asking us why we were there. We all had different answers, and our motivations and experiences leading up to our choice of this special profession were varied. But I remember knowing clearly that I had one specific goal in pursuing this incredible and fulfilling career.
I want to change the world by giving families confidence in their abilities to be amazing parents. When families are given the support and the tools that they need to be confident in their innate ability to parent compassionately and with purpose, incredible things happen, and the world begins to change!
I believe that we truly can change the world through our children. And we can change ourselves through the growth and personal change that happens when we build our families. Whether our children are adopted or biological or anything in between, as parents we have the incredible ability to literally shape the future.
But this parenting gig isn't always easy. In fact, most of the time it's really difficult. Our society has changed and we no longer live close to our relatives much of the time. If we do, many times they work and can offer limited physical support.
I believe doula support; prenatal and childbirth education; and postpartum care and support can be the answer to filling in the gaps that parents and children need filled. We all think we can do it alone. Sometimes we think that we have to do it alone, simply because everyone else is.
I'm here to tell you that you don't need to go it alone. That asking for help from a stranger like me could be one of the best decisions you'll make. And even if you don't ask me, maybe you'll read this and feel led to ask for help from someone you love.
Birth, parenting, and all the in betweens aren't meant to be gone at alone. Let's make the year 2017 the year that we all agree to ask for help, to give help when we see an opportunity, and to offer non-judgmental support to everyone we see around us who is trying desperately to get this birth and parenting thing right.
I truly believe that doulas can change the world! And I'm going to start in Fayetteville, NC and work my way toward a better world one family at a time.
Do you believe supported and confident families are the future? Leave us a comment below with your opinions!
Erin love to write about topics that families are interested in, to help spread awareness throughout the community, and to help her clients and future clients better understand her services. She loves chatting with people about her blogs, so feel free to contact her!