Hospital Birth Can Be Magic!

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My name is Erika Jones. I am a birth professional, a doula. I have worked nearly 10 years honoring women in the craft of postpartum and birth work. I began my career as a CAPPA Postpartum Doula and CAPPA Lactation Educator. The definition of the word Doula actually means “woman servant.” It means more to me though.
I love seeing women achieve their goals. So many times I witness a woman enter her journey of birth and come out on the other side such a hero, an exquisite diamond. I love all the times my profession has been much more rewarding beyond any monetary value. The work I do as a doula speak to the gifts that I have on the inside. One of my natural gifts is encouragement of others. So naturally this work became my calling.
Birth is both fiery and white hot at times. So it requires patience, love, acceptance of almost everything, ten gallons of faith- faith in care providers, faith in the place of birth, faith in the support team, faith in one’s own body, faith in God, however that looks.
Birth reminds me to let the fears go for they won’t serve me and wash away doubt because it seeks to entrap me. Birth keeps me focused. I focus on a woman’s breath, her eye contact, where she places her hands and chin during pushing. I look at the quality of her body’s movement. I’m laser focused on her face, neck and shoulders. I need them loose and pliable. I’m perceptive of her body language and with the words that are not spoken. I need her mind unthoughtful and clear of clutter. The dance she, her partner and I do is sometimes is careful and sometimes clumsy.
I’ve learned that graceful doesn’t mean great and uncoordinated doesn’t mean lackluster. The moms who tango will be well supported by me, however their body moves. I’m grateful for the lessons I learn. I am a Doula. I don’t have time for anyone or any place who seek to thwart my client’s progress. I protect space. I ward off evil spirits. I take seriously all parts of this job and I do not relent until a healthy mom, dad and baby emerge. Then I sleep on my earned pillow a well deserving slumber with my husband by my side.
This is the cornerstone to my doula work.