People often ask me why I decided to become a doula.
I love vaginas!
Joking. Well, kindaaaa joking. I mean, I have always been fascinated with birth and pregnancy. Your typical “birth junkie.”
Once I saw my first episode of “A Baby Story,” I was hooked. Now I have a different opinion of the show, but back then I loooved it. I would sit and watch episode after episode crying and crying celebrating the joy of complete strangers. Some may call me nuts, but I know my fellow birthcrazies know exactly what I mean. Birth is freaking beautiful!
Soon, “A Baby Story” just wasn’t cutting it and I advanced to watching birth videos on YouTube much to the chagrin of Jr. Stac. “You’re scaring the dogs! Watch it on mute.” Umm, is he crazy!?…you can’t watch birth videos on mute! It’s like watching porn without sound…def don’t get the full effect. Anywaaays, it was watching a homebirth video that I first heard of a doula….EUREKA!
I immediately researched where I could get trained (and decided I wanted to be a DONA-certified doula.) I had THE MOST FABULOUS TRAINER IN THE WORLD EVER. She was such an inspiration to me and the women in my training group were amazing–all very different but I felt a unique bond with each of them. After the first day, I could barely sleep and couldn’t wait go back and learn more all weekend.
I knew doula work was what I was supposed to do. What an honor it would be to get to help families during one of the most intimate, defining, powerful, memorable times of their lives. I thought if I could only make one birthing woman feel a little more comfortable, a little more confident, or a little more cared for then it would all be worth it.
I also thought about myself and what I could offer. “I like being a provider, a soother. I want to be a part of something bigger than a 9-5 job. I don’t have an agenda. I think I am pretty likable and approachable. And omg I love birth and want to seeeeee it all the time! I CAN DO THIS!”
Upon completing my training, I signed up for my first “on-call” shift with a local nonprofit that provides free doula services for families who can’t afford them. I was called in that very first shift.
And, as they say, the rest was history.