I’m not every doula….and that is ok
The year of 2017 has definitely been one of growth for me. I successfully completed my Breastfeeding Educator certification, recertified as a DONA birth doula, and currently am working to become a certified Childbirth Educator. It feels like I'm wearing a lot of hats. I sometimes need to remind myself that I am not every doula, and that is ok.I offer many services, but not everything. I am ok with that.
Sometimes it is in the things that I am not, that strengthens those that I am. Let me give some examples.
I bring a basic digital camera with me to births, but only bring it out at the request of my clients. I take a few pictures, but would rather focus on being present with the client and preserving the space around this precious event and offering the emotional physical support needed in the moment.
Medical care provider
Some doulas are in training to be a nurse, midwife assistant, midwife, or future doctor. I have never felt inclined to fill that role. My gift is in emotional and educational support; sensing and responding to the needs of the family in birth and postpartum. A supportive touch, encouraging affirmation, a change in position, or a listening ear to the birth song of mothers in transition are all just as valuable.
Social Media Guru
While I do make use of social media platforms, more often I am using my time to increase my knowledge and skills set to best suit the needs of my clients. My clients can trust that knowledge I share is evidence based and current. Clients feel free to contact me throughout their pregnancy with questions or concerns or joys, knowing I will be compassionate and quick to respond with resources to meet their needs.
While there is the beginning of evidence for the benefits of this practice, I am more confident in my training as a Postpartum Doula to help ease the transition into the fourth trimester. I can help clients get more sleep, eat nutritious foods, gain confidence in being parents and help breastfeeding get off to a great start.
As I prepare to move into 2018 with my business, I will continue to work on refining the things that I am. My clients will benefit from the quality of my services, and I will still remain true to the heart of my work.
My name is Leah Garner and I provide compassionate care to women and their families through birth and beyond.
And I am ok with that.