As a new, aspiring birthworker in the area, I have yet to be bombarded with questions about my line of work. However, I remember all of the questions I had for my Doula during my second birth, and how common misconceptions about birth workers in general influenced my initial valuation of the people I interviewed.
In hindsight, I should have hired a birth and postpartum doula for my first birth—I believe the outcome would have been very, very different had I done so; and my subsequent births would have been different, too. Unfortunately, I was about as ill-prepared for birth and motherhood as one could be (again where a doula could have come in handy), and didn’t know that I had any options, much less what those options were.
That is, essentially, why I became a doula: I know what it is like to not know what questions to ask, what resources are available, or even how to change a diaper in the middle of the night. I am a doula because I want to empower every birthing parent with the knowledge they need to achieve their birth and parenting goals. My job is to work myself out of a job!
There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation. — Pamela Nadav
So if you have stumbled upon this site because you are pregnant, know and love someone who is, or have questions about what birth workers in this community do, feel free to drop me a line over at my Contact page.