Thursday, May 3, 2012

Missy's Birth Story

In honor of International Doula Month, I am posting stories women have shared with me about their experience with a doula. The first is a former client of mine, and long time friend, Missy.

One of the reasons I chose to have a doula help us with the birth of our second child because I wanted someone at the labor who was there just for me.  Everyone else present at the labor from the doctor, the nurses, my husband, my family members, & even myself was concerned with me AND the baby.  Specifically, I chose Missy because I know her & know that she has the ability to be assertive at the same time as being encouraging.  Having Missy as my doula was fantastic at the actual delivery, but she was also incredibly helpful in the weeks leading up to the birth.  I was being a little wishy-washy on whether or not I wanted an unmedicated birth, and she was an excellent sounding board.  She provided me with information but did not try to push me in one direction or another.  She let me come to my own decisions.  Enlisting the help of a doula, and specifically Missy, allowed me to have the birth that I wanted: unmedicated, intervention-free, relatively peaceful, and mercifully quick!
Missy's birth was beautiful, and it was a privilege to be with her, her husband, mother and sisters as sweet baby Lily was born!

If you have had a doula with you at your birth and would like to share your story, please email me, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE Honeybee Mama Ring Sling!

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