People often ask me why I became a doula.
Part of it was just a deep calling that I can't quite explain. During my first pregnancy, I discovered my mind and body were feeling things in a different way than I had experienced them in the past. I was more aware, more sensitive, more connected with my inner world. I now know it was because of the natural changes that were going on in my brain as part of pregnancy. Thanks to that, I also connected more with my dreams and the seed of birth work got planted in my heart.
After the birth of my first child, I was amazed at the powerful transformation that I had just experienced and I was determined to help people prepare for birth so that, together, we could start changing our birth culture of fear back into a rite of passage that honors parenthood and the changes we go through during that time.
I soon realized the task was way bigger than I ever imagined. As I started working with clients and attending more births, my questions got bigger. How do I help prepare people for birth?
There are many little pieces of that puzzle. There is not one simple answer. But I have noticed in my time doing this work that a lot of our modern's world preparation for childbirth is very left brain oriented. After all, we live in a left brain world.
The left brain is our thinking brain. That's where language, numbers, and analytical thought happen. When preparing for birth, we encounter a lot of percentages, statistics, studies, and science, and that is great. Evidence-based education can help build trust in birth and it's a powerful tool to make informed decisions for your family. However, there is another important aspect of birth preparation that is harder to access because, in our modern world of rational thinking, intuition often gets dismissed and minimized.