Doulas are some of the most fun people. The more of them I meet, the more I realize what awesome humans this profession attracts. And our doula training and expertise is helpful even if you’re not currently pregnant or postpartum. We’re pretty much the bee’s knees.
Below, just a few reasons to get to know a doula:
(Fear not, it was just a model for a childbirth education class.)
I know chiropractors, people trained in the use of essential oils, massage therapists, etc.
(Caveat being: ask your doula friend before you text her pictures of things, unless you’re a client and you’ve already paid me to talk to you about your mucus plug.)
Quitting everything and moving to New Mexico? Wanting that fifth slice of cake at your toddler’s birthday party? Your doula friend is practiced in nonjudgmental support.
Because we help clients cut through research and advice and figure out what’s best for them, we have a skill that is valuable to other people in our lives. Big decision? Let’s talk.
Working in birth rooms, and with new babies has taught me that life is not neat and predictable, and that’s okay. I don’t expect my friends to have everything figured out, because I know that life will probably throw them a curveball anyway.
And they probably have a bottle of bleach hanging around. You never know when you’ll need a bit of bleach.
Like the body discussions, please don’t abuse this, or you will be removed from the favorites list. But doulas rally in an urgent situation like champs.
If you don’t have a doula in your life yet, you’re missing out! Whether you’re pregnant, a new parent in the postpartum period, or just need a new bestie, I say you can’t go wrong with getting to know a doula.
Do you have any more reasons doulas make the best friends? Tell us in the comments! And if you want a new BFF just for your pregnancy in DC or Maryland, drop me a line.