If your anything like me…when I told people I was pregnant with Parker and later with Prestyn I started getting all types of (unsolicited) advice. Y’all know me as soon as I found out I was pregnant I started reading and researching. During my research I found out about so many things that I had no clue about. From natural births to epidurals to c-sections and midwives and doulas.
So first I had to sift through everything and figure out what I wanted for myself and my delivery. To begin I had to figure out what a doula was…What is a Doula? A doula is a woman who is trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born.
Of course, I thought why would I need that? Chile listen….I needed every bit of that doula during that nearly 20+ hour labor process. Luckily I had my unofficial Doula Tunshia to help me through both of my deliveries. Though both of my deliveries were c-sections I needed and appreciated that support. Though Tunisha is one of my friends the way she was able to help keep me calm, talk me through my options (via text, FaceTime etc…) she was literally there virtually every step of the way. At the begining of my pregnancy with Parker I ended up changing doctors because I was unhappy with my doctor and she supported our decision, helped me to research new practices and read reviews. I know it may seem simple but having another person other than your partner who is there to help you through everything, learn things, research things, provide examples based on research etc… was one of the best things that I could have ever done for myself. Growing and delivering humans is a big deal and takes a lot and I don’t take for granted that I had the support that I needed not only during my delivery but even after as I struggled with breastfeeding and recovering from having to have a unplanned c-section with Parker. My delivery with Prestyn was a planned c-section and I was a but more prepared but still anxious about the whole process because it was different than my first delivery.
This week is World Doula Week, March 22-28th and I had to show the Doulas out there some love because mine was so helpful to me! If you are in the metro Atlanta area and know someone or you yourself are pregnant please take the time to consider my friend and doula Tunisha! Please check out her website of her super dope company Love.Labor.Life! You will not be disappointed by the professionalism, compassion and stellar service that you will receive.
So tell me, whats your birth story? have any of you used a Doula? a midwife? Are you life me did you have a c-section?