If I have learned anything over the past 3 years, it's that people are undereducated on the role of the doula. This is not limited to birthing people but includes doctors, insurance companies, families and the community at large. They either think we are medical professionals like midwives or they think we are only around to support those wanting a "natural birth". Neither are correct.
So what do we do?
Doulas are simply support people. That support can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. We are there to educate and support families as they transition through life. The transition can be through many phases including fertility, birth, adoption, loss and even end of life. Doulas are there to honor our families, their decisions and their rights.
Still, what do we do?
That answer depends on the family and what they need. Many families come to me for education and birth support services. They want an authentic experience and I work with them to create that. I am not there to stand in opposition of their medical team but to work as a full team in support of the person who is birthing. I am another set of eyes, another spirit, an extra set of hands and another heart, committed to a positive birth outcome.
Ok but what do we do?
Our best, we doula our best.