OK, well thought I'd start a journal regarding my new career as a Doula. It wasn't really a decision I took lightly. Since the age of 9 I had always planned to become a Midwife, infact I even applied for university a couple of times to follow that dream. But each time I cancelled because it just didn't "feel" right. I have loved the whole pregnancy and birth process since I helped my Mum through a difficult and very emotional pregnancy and labour and that love was intensified when I experienced my own, very spiritual (in their own ways) birth.
About a year ago I found out about the work Doula's do... And it just seemed perfect. To be able to empower women to have a more natural, fulfilling birth experience then they may otherwise have had, seemed like the perfect career.
I applied for a course, read book after book on the subject and finally decided to take a training course on the matter. I completed my training course yesterday. It was fantastic! I know feel confident, capable and able in myself to be able to help women have the type of enjoyable birth that I have had with my three son's.
I must admit many women probably won't enjoy reading this journal. It saddens me to see women pumping themselves full of unnecessary drugs and hormones, begging the "professionals" for "pain relief" because they've been programmed not to believe in their own bodies and their own capabilities as women and mothers. I am a firm believer in women. Probably more so then many mothers-to-be are in themselves. I believe that women are capable of giving birth well (so long as there is no obvious threatening condition) if they are given the opportunity to believe in themselves and believe in their bodies and their babies. The larger percentage of medical interventions are not needed these days and yet women are brainwashed into believing they are.
Look at the jab you have around the time of birth to help expel the placenta. That's not necessary. Not in the slightest. If you and your body have worked to give birth to a baby with no complications, then why do the larger percentage of women not believe they can give birth, naturally, to the placenta? It's one of the easier parts of the birthing process!!!
Having said that I am a HUGE advocate for choice. If a woman says she wants an elective c-section then that's fine with me too! I just want women to be informed and have choice.
I believe in women.
Anyway, there will be a lot of my ranting going on here... I am currently looking for my first 4 clients (who I will care for, for free) but it seems to be an uphill battle trying to find women who actually know what a Doula is.... Plus I am just starting my marketing stuff now... And I still have some coursework to complete! Argh!!!