Celebrating Doulas

This is the last day of World Doula Week. Doulas provide physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support during reproductive experiences.

Traditionally that’s meant birth, where there’s good evidence that continuous support improves birth experiences and outcomes. But increasingly doulas are providing support for all kinds of reproductive experiences, like miscarriage, abortion, adoption, and the postpartum period.

Doulas often do very practical tasks, like bringing you water to drink, but doula work can also be the priestess work of holding space for an experience.

The 2013 theme for World Doula Week is “Doulas are good for everybody!” So, in celebration of doulas, if you’ve worked with one, as a client or a colleague, wherever, however, whenever, would you share with us: how are doulas good for you?

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About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary, founding editor of Pagan Families, and the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

  • Sarah Whedon

    Ill start: I work with doulas in my volunteer work with the Bay Area Doula Project. Doulas are relentlessly supportive of me/each other. That culture of support is so good for me!

  • http://www.OrdinaryMiraclesDoula.com Heather Keeney

    Speaking as a doula myself, there is an incredible sisterhood amongst doulas that I feel honored to be a part of. In my own journey as a birth worker, the support of my sister doulas has been invaluable to me. I can’t imagine that I would be where I am today without having had those women to draw wisdom from, and share experiences with.