Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Birth of a Doula

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.

12 comments:

MommyCha said...

That is amazing! Congratulations, I am so happy for you. You've helped so many of us mothers here already, this was the natural next step for you. Hope that one day soon you'll be my doula too! HUGS!

Connie said...

Congratulations! You are a natural :)

Sarah said...

Congratulations! It must have been quite an experience to provide that kind of support. It's also great that Korea has another much needed doula!

Brenda said...

you are great! Karen, I'm so proud of you!

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victoria said...

oops..having trouble posting*

congratulations! Must feel like you've heard and answered a calling*
p.s. Do you mind if I post a link to your blog in my birth story on my blog?

Mama Seoul said...

Victoria, I'd love to have you link to my blog. I need to put your blog on my blog roll if it is o.k. to add you.

It is like answering a calling. I committed to being a doula last November when Amy asked me to be her doula for July, but after having done it on my own, i feel I can say that I am now.

HoSu said...

Wow! That is so awesome! I had a feeling you would take this path. All that knowledge you could not be for nothing!

HoSu said...

Wow! That is so awesome! I had a feeling you would take this path. All that knowledge you could not be for nothing!

HoSu said...

Wow! That is so awesome! I had a feeling you would take this path. All that knowledge you could not be for nothing!

HoSu said...

Wow! That is so awesome! I had a feeling you would take this path. All that knowledge you could not be for nothing!