50 | F I F T Y
Last week I reached my 50th (&51st) birth!!
It’s a big milestone for me! When I started my doula training I’d never even seen a birth before. Here I am 50 births later.
I have a birth journal that I record each birth that I attend and what I learned. Here are a few of things I’ve learned
Sometimes sitting in the corner and encouraging is all moms need
Pain meds are not a failure, moms need that reminder
Always make sure hose is in the toilet before you plug in the pump
Building trust and jumping in even when you’ve never met the mom goes a long way
Be a reassuring voice. It’s not always hands on.
Birth can be nuts
There is a time and a place for every. Intervention.
How to help navigate deviations from birth plans
Spinning babies is super effective
Sometimes mom never gets in a consistent labor pattern and baby still is born
Gentle massage is a great distraction
Breech birth is equal parts awesome and adrenaline pumping
Sometimes knowing the doula is on the way can cause you to progress
Delicate balance between rest and movement
The birthing smell is a real thing
“Wiggle your toes”
People love the fan
- just to name a few.
Thanks to my husband and kids for hearing me say “I’m so tired” all day long 50 times. And specifically to my husband for holding down the fort while I am gone doing something I love so much.
Here is to 500 more!! 🥂
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