“I thought doulas don’t eat hot dogs? Ha ha.”
It was a comment that was said off-handedly and was not sincere, but the truth behind the comment was there. It said: Aren’t doulas supposed to be all-natural, no bra, burning herbs, and get in touch with your inner goddess type people?
No, we’re not.
I eat hot dogs. And dairy, even if I am lactose intolerant. I don’t make sure everything I eat is organic, and I need to wear store bought sunscreens. I don’t know an herb from a spice. I love my underwire bras and I don’t care how many studies you show me that say sugar is evil, I love my sweet treats.
It comes down to what works for me.
Which is nothing more than what I want for all of my clients. To be able to take the information about their options and decide what works for them. My job is to support that, not what my idea of what their birth should be.
Maybe that makes me a bit of an Un-Doula, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Let’s un-do some of the stereotypes about doulas that exist out there.
There are all kinds of doulas.
I am the kind that can provide you with information about different options and support you through the preferences you choose. This is your show, not mine.
So if you have been apprehensive about contacting a doula because you feel like they only support a “natural” birth, contact the Birth Nerd Kelowna for a truly personal and professional experience.