a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. – DONA International
The road to conception, the journey of pregnancy, and the experience of birth and post partum is nothing short of hard work. It’s work done out of love through each stage, but we can’t sit and romanticize, pretending it’s all a cake-walk.
For some it can be, but the majority of us mom’s out here can all agree- motherhood is life-altering no matter how many times you go through it.
As an ode to the strength and beauty that we as mother’s possess during our transit through the different stages, I wanted to highlight someone who can serve as a very important team-member; now making her way back onto the scene in different maternity spaces.
She is the Doula!
Understanding just how much we go through and can benefit from having not just extra help through each stage of the journey, but objective support, resources and alternatives, exploring her role in this 3-part series, just made sense.
While the term “Doula” was coined in North America, not much earlier than the 1960’s, this role and practice of support can be traced through eons and generations of African female wisdom.
For us millenial mom’s, both the term and role are becoming more and more popular, but not without information and access being reserved for women of a certain socio-economic or educational status.
It’s not a secret that many of the issues we as women, particularly of color, face in our birthing experiences stem from a lack of access.
My goal in creating this 3-part series is to shatter stigma, ignorance, and especially, societal limitations to information and support that can really influence our success as mother’s.
Listen in as they share about the love and dedication they provide to women, regularly as Birth Doulas. Check the links below to their work, respectively, and if you or someone you know needs this type of support, SHARE!
….And remember, us women thrive best when we live, breathe, and love in community!
Griselda & Emilie Jones if you are NYC-bound:
Jessica A. Diggs if you are LA-bound: