On Thursday morning at 4:58 am, a doula was born. That was when I received a phone call from a woman I had met last week. She was in labor. She hadn't officially hired me and I wasn't sure she was going to, but when labor started, she called me. I had the honor of attending a birth in January as a shadow doula/co-doula. While, it was an unforgetable experience, I did not have the full responsibility, I just followed the leads of Amy (the doula) and the couple. I was amazed at how instinctive it was to help meet their needs, but I did not feel comfortable calling myself a doula. But after this experience I can say,"I am doula."
Thank you, L family, for trusting me to protect your space and nurture you through this amazing transition to parenthood.