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How a book on women supporting women influenced my decision to become a doula.

How a book on women supporting women influenced my decision to become a doula.

I didn’t know it at the time, but my fascination of midwifery began with reading the book, “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant several years back. If you haven’t read it, the Red Tent was a place within the Israelite community where the females went to give birth.

It was a WOMEN ONLY zone. Full of femininity and richly sacred. They shared secrets, birth stories, and traditions of womanhood. Sounds really beautiful, right? I was enamored with this idea too. And while I do believe it’s important and essential to have men apart of the birth experience, I knew I wanted to tap into the female empowerment that the Red Tent symbolized when it came to planning my own birth experience.

My husband (left) giving me encouragement while my doula (right) is helping me stay upright and sway on birthing ball during transition.

I thought the sacredness of the Red Tent had been lost in modern times, but throughout my pregnancy I became obsessed with rediscovering the ancient tradition of women supporting women. I wanted a female expert in birth that provided guidance and support by my side just like they did in the Israelite culture. That’s when I decided to hire a doula.

My birth doula (right) holding my hands as I started pushing in the squatted position.

The birth of my son ended up becoming my inspiration to work with pregnant women and families as a doula. I’ve never felt more empowered or supported than I did while giving birth. Many things have changed from ancient times, but the importance of building a relationship with doula, isn’t one of them. It remains very much the same: powerful.

My desire is to build that relationship with you. I want to serve and support you so you never feel anything less than powerful during this wonderful journey into motherhood. Because let me tell you, there’s nothing like having the reassurance and continuous support of a caring and educated birth doula at your side.

Special thanks to Aracely at Nurturing Beginnings who was my birth doula and now friend.

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