“I share [my birth story] in the hopes that my experience might bring comfort to the nervous expecting mom who thinks that the only way to birth is the exaggerated depictions of sitcoms and Hollywood movies.”
Thanks to an ever-growing, massive amount of passionate birth professionals and hard-working, advocacy-driven people all around the world, countries like our United States, are finally starting to become more aware of the purpose and dire need for professional birth and postpartum doulas. The title that is perhaps still lesser known is that of a “Fertility Doula.” So what is a Fertility Doula and why should you hire one?
Contractions were consistent, 4 minutes apart or less and lasting at least a minute long. Myself and the rest of her birthing team settled in for a long day labor. Little did any of us know, we would be at this birth for the next 54 hours.
Then the big day came. I got the excited call in the morning that things might be happening. After texting back and forth throughout the morning and early afternoon, it was determined that she was in fact in early labor.
When Sheryl asked me to be her doula... honestly, I can't remember if she asked or if I offered. Either way, I think we both knew it was going to happen. The 13-hour car ride between us didn't even phase me when I committed. Having 2 children of my own already, I was ecstatic to finally welcome that "next generation" to finally add to our friendship line. We've only been talking about our kids growing up together since...
So you've decided to hire a doula! Next, you'll arrange for a consultation aka an interview. This interview is a great opportunity for you (and your partner!) to not only get to know the services the doula offers, but also who the doula is and how well they will work with you through this very special time.