I got great news over the weekend, which gave me the idea for today's post. I then asked other doulas to share something they love -- it could be tangible or intangible. Something that makes us smile. Something that makes us cry. Something that keeps us connected to this work we do. I loved that the responses I got were all so different, yet they are pretty universal when it comes to doula work.
I received a simple text message on Saturday, and it made my day. "Hey, Stacie -- we will be needing you again!"
"I can never get over the shock and awe when parents see their baby for the very first time. So much emotion, so much love, so much birth ❤️." Ashley Rodside
"I love watching partners take over and lead the coaching they just saw from me a minute ago. Then, I can fall back into the ether while they labor without me."
-Sarah Branion of Wonderstruck Doula Service
"That moment of instantaneous relief and pure ecstasy as the new mom and dad meet their baby for the first time."
-Brittany Kurtzhals of Holding Space Birth
"I love it when I am working with a mom who has valid fears and she overcomes them. They are so happy that they did it!!"
-Erin Swart of Erin's Doula & Birth Services
"The look on mom's face when she sees her baby and realizes she did it!"
-Courtney Little of Little Miracles Birth Services
"When I watch a partner or dad tuned into the laboring person's needs, and I know that my job is simply to hold space for that magic to happen.
-Andrea Hewitt of East Nashville Doula
"I love watching new dyads getting the first feeding latch -- the look on the face that says 'Wow, I'm doing it!'"
-Vicki Bloom of Whole Self Doula
"The tangible relief and burden lifted I watch happen in families when they know they have someone (their doula) who's going to be like their guide through the process!"
-Camille Nyman of Abundant Birth Support
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)