People have a lot of ideas about the kind of folks who have a doula (if they’ve ever heard of my profession!) They tend to think that doulas support a certain kind of women and a certain kind of birth.
Some of the most common that I’ve heard include:
- “Crunchy” moms- the vegans that make their own vaginal yogurt and are definitely having a homebirth
- Rich white women- those who can afford to have the best of the best and want on call support
- Those who want to have an unmedicated birth in a hospital- some people say that these families “need” a doula to meet their goals more than others
Now yes, I would LOVE to support you if you fall into any of the above categories. I might bring my own yogurt, but I am confident that we will get along and I can support you.
However, what if none of the above, or any other stereotype, fit you? Know that I want to help you become the parent you hope to be. I am committed to providing nonjudgemental support, no matter what birthing or parenting choices you’re making.
Most of my clients do not fit the stereotypes about who hires a doula. And I don’t fit a lot of stereotypes about doulas- but that’s another blog.
I support clients who know that they want an epidural, and clients who plan a cesarean. I support clients who breastfeed or bottle feed. I support you regardless of your decisions about circumcision or vaccines. And please know that I support all family structures: single parents, genderqueer or trans* birthing folks who don’t identify as women, same-sex couples, surrogates or adopting parents, and the list goes on.
As a professional doula, I have no agendas, no judgement and no biases about the decisions you make for your family, whether by choice, or determined by biology or some other entity.
I want you to have a good birth. I want you to have a good transition into parenthood. If you want that too, then I would love to work with you.
Give me a call or send a message and let’s talk about what you need.