Whether you are searching for a Doula, or just curious about the profession I am sure you are also curious what it is like being new in the exciting, thousands of years old profession: The world of labor support.
First of all, most of us have been interested in joining the labor professional community for many years. As for me, I first started entertaining the idea of becoming a Midwife many years ago and before that, when I was in middle school I wanted to be an OB/GYN. So naturally I struggled between deciding between those two entirely different yet similar professions along with Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and being an Environmental Scientist as well (So many important decisions to make as a young college student)!
Luckily I didnt jump right into my studies: I couldn’t as a full time student and employee paying for college on my own. Although I was upset about not going to college right away as a total nerd and teachers pet, it was a blessing in disguise. I took my time taking classes here and there so I had time to decide where I would fit best and make the most difference with my passions and life experiences.
After settling on becoming a WHNP I then set out to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree just last year in June. Now that I am “full throttle” so-to-speak… in school learning the all-important information to help me be the best nurse possible, I find myself needing to work a job that will of course help me get through school but not require me to be on a set schedule every week so that I have plenty of time to study hard and understand the material fully. I dont just want to be a nurse, I want to be the best nurse I can be.
Having been in marketing and customer service since I was 16, the work of listening to others and making them happy comes naturally to me. I decided once I began my quest to a nursing degree that I needed a job that would still serve people but actually make a difference in the world where I would end up one day. Why not get started today serving women and making sure they are fully supported during the most vulnerable time of their lives? Labor, especially for a new mom, is an inevitable, scary, wonderful gift and as an expecting mother, having someone to chat with about their fears, expectations, wishes, and ask all the questions that come up is everything they need to control that fear and realize their innate, divine expertise in all that is labor and motherhood.
Being a Doula is different than being a nurse of course. It means running into soon-to-deliver moms at a grocery stores and chatting about previous labor experiences and how fast babies grow into toddlers. It means reading tons of books and medical journals to be as educated as possible on the facts of labor and delivery so when a momma asks about something that has been worrying her, I can offer true and reassuring insight. It looks like alternative pain remedies, or alternative labor positions that go well with pharmaceutical pain remidies. It looks like anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new person after a long and on-its-own-time labor, or meeting an excited family for a scheduled cescerean birth. It means keeping my phone on loud throughout the night… just in case. It means adapting to the room I am in and the people I am surrounded by, so that the expanding family feels comfortable and at home, wherever they choose to deliver; Like they are being helped through this long awaited birth by a long-time friend who wants everything they want for the new life they are soon to bring into this world.
Being a new Doula is like finding my old favorite hat while sorting through my closet. The hat that never really fit when I was younger but now it fits just right. The hat that I want to wear all the time now so that every person I meet gets the chance to take in its beauty!
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🎀 Angelica Dial