|Trista Tetro, Certified Labor Doula||
World Doula Week is here again, and unfortunately this year I have not planned an event to celebrate locally. There are many groups celebrating doulas this week by hosting a screening of the film Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion from around the world. Here is World Doula Week's website which also has photos from events held last year. It is wonderful to see women getting together and and talking about birth!
I love hearing stories of how women and their partners felt supported by their doulas during their labor and birth. I can recall a client who had several births without a doula and while I was laboring with her at her most recent birth, both her and her husband said "We wish we had known about doulas with all of our previous births!" This got me thinking about how to make more people aware of what a doula does and the benefits of having doula support.
Birth stories are very powerful and there is a very good variety of doula supported birth stories available to read at Inspiring Birth Stories. Some of the stories posted there very clearly show the role of a doula and the benefits a doula brings to the birthing family. If you are not sure about what a doula supported labor and birth are like, take a minute to read some of the stories and you will see how different and unique every one of them is. It is comforting to know that a doula is well prepared to support all challenges that may arise in labor and birth and will remain a constant source of support, even when things don't go as planned.
So with all the doula love being spread around the world this week, let your doula know how much she means to you!
About the Author
Trista Tetro, CLD
I am a CAPPA Certified Labor Doula serving families in Hot Springs, Fort Smith, and Mena, Arkansas. I believe every birth is different and women have their own ideals for each birth. My goal as a doula is to help my clients achieve their birth desires, whatever they may be. I feel privileged to serve families as a doula during the exciting journey to parenthood.