Today’s profile of Talulah Gough is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Now, on to Talulah’s profile.
I am a homebirth Mother of 4 children, Shamanic Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator
In what ways does Paganism affect your work?
Being a Witch affects every aspect of my work, whether my clients have hired me for that purpose, as Shamanic Midwife, or if they have called me to be with them as as their Doula, the way I work is completely informed by my spiritual beliefs and practices. If the couple or woman are calling for a sacred spiritual birth, we begin during the pregnancy doing drum journeys and circles, gathering information, talking to the baby, finding our power animals and guides for this birthing journey and creating a sacred birthing circle to bring with us into the hospital, as well as all the practical education about birth, and the hospital system they need. As a Doula I use all these tools for myself, informing me about the path we are on and how I may best serve them. I always call in my animals and guides and those of the people involved in the birth, even though they may not be aware of them, their guides are always available! Working within hospitals is not always easy or enjoyable, so by calling in my helpers, the energies of the directions and elements, the Goddess and the God, it not only guides me as to how I may best serve, but also protects me and offers insights as to what’s really going on. My birth keeper power animal is Snake, she senses the undercurrents, this is so helpful when working with hospital staff that the woman nor myself may have never met before.
How can we honour what is sacred in childbearing?
By honouring the Mother and the Baby, by hearing her wishes and desires, her story and her fears, by helping her to connect to her higher self and that of the babies, so she can go inside herself to find all the answers she needs, so that she may be her own Shamanic Midwife. With this she can feel empowered in all the choices she makes in birthing her baby.
If you intend to birth in hospital I strongly recommend a doula/ shamanic midwife to hold the sacred birthing space. The most thought out birth plan can be quickly unravelled by being in a system where fear prevails, without a strong sacred birthing circle. Get to know your baby, speak to her/him, trust your baby, trust yourself, trust birth.
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