I’m deeply drawn to the doula path. I love offering my time to women as they open their hearts, souls, and bodies in childbirth.
As a doula, I stay up for hours on end holding a laboring mother, loving a laboring mother, and making space for a birthing mother to find her strength. I stand in awe each time a precious newborn child enters our world.
As a doula, I hold new babies, celebrate with families, and at rare and tragic times, grieve with families.
Writing about my work as a doula transforms me. I make links between life as a doula and my life as a mother. I see connections between teaching yoga and doula work that inspire me to focus on mindful breath, movement, and the affirmation of the body’s wisdom. In writing about dying, I come to see more clearly what it means to live.
Doulas enter “Laborland” with birthing women. Doulas watch labor transform women and emerge transformed. Doulas hold the hands of women as the next generation enters our world. Even if doulas approach their work outside of any spiritual tradition, they stand at a threshold that is “sacred” in the sense that it is outside of the regular experience of time.
In celebration of doulas, I bow.
For my sister doulas, I encourage you to take the time to reflect upon the power of the path that has chosen you. May you be blessed with courage and clarity, as you stand at the thresholds of life with your heart wide open. May the inexhaustible spirit of love, strength, and sacrifice, forever guide your work.
Interested in learning more about the intersection of doula work and spirituality? Watch this 9-minute webinar entitled “Supporting a Birthing Woman’s Spiritual Practice.”