Bronwyn’s Favorite Parts of Being a Doula:
I have loved birth and babies for as long as I can remember!
There are so many aspects of being a doula that I love. It is hard for me to just choose one.
Here are a few:
As a Doula I love seeing the connection between couples. I facilitate a contraction exercise to help prepare couples for labour and to experiment with ways of supporting the laboring mother. By the fifth contraction, I can see couples in their groove, they are working together, and they are a team. It is an honor for me to witness this transition in a partnership. And to see the tenderness that they display towards each other.
I love rebozo. I love that a woven scarf, a simple scarf, can be such a profound tool for labour. It can be used to both support a laboring woman, and comfort her. This is one of my favorite Doula tools.
I love knowing that most babies move in a clockwise direction through their mother’s pelvis and into the birth canal. I love that they do this on their own. I find it completely intriguing. How do they know how to do that? I love helping a mother shift her body weight or change positions to change the shape of her pelvis and help facilitate her baby’s movements.
I love that for the majority of women, no matter how intense their labour is (be it difficult, hard, painful, joyful, or overwhelming, or some combination thereof), the first time they hold their baby, the intensity of what they’ve just gone through floats away and they become a mother. They smile, they cry, they laugh, they embody joy and love and everything profound.
I love seeing the ear-to-ear grins that Dads and Partners have when they hold their baby for the first time. I love the pride glowing in their eyes when they look at their partner bringing their child into the world.
I would be honored to share in your birth journey as a Doula, and to support your new family as you navigate the profound change in becoming parents.
Bronwyn Addico is a Birth and Postpartum Doula, a certified Dancing For Birth TM instructor, a certified Birthing From Within TM mentor. She offers virtual birth and new parenting coaching in addition to her in-class sessions. Bronwyn focuses on empowering her clients to find the tools within themselves to thrive during pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. Bronwyn is a single mother to 2 wonderful kids. She is able to share a wealth of information based on her vast array of parenting experiences.
Kathy’s Favorite Parts of Being a Doula:
This work is rewarding as I guide others through teaching what labour is, how birth evolves, and what to expect once the baby joins the family dynamic. I help to validate, connect, and empower people to be a part of their birth experience.
I love helping women dig deep inside themselves during labour and supporting them with words of encouragement and touch through the most intense time we call Transition. The energy I feel as a baby is born and watching people become parents brings me much joy.
I love how birth humbles me and the honour I feel supporting a family. Just when I think I know what will happen, labour goes on a different path, and I help navigate that new direction. I am always learning with each family I support. Opportunities to understand a baby’s position, mom’s position to help baby rotate, and how each labour is unique brings me many teaching moments. To acknowledge life as a new parent is hard and the support, I provide can make all the difference in how each family is experiences this change.
Supporting breastfeeding is so rewarding to me. This is a learned behaviour that can take time for both mom and baby and requires much love and encouragement. The dynamics of how milk changes to what a baby needs, and the wide range of “normal” behaviour is a favorite part of my work.
My colleagues at Balancing from Birth to Baby are supportive and encourage me to grow and expand my knowledge I can give others. Being a part of a team makes me a better Doula.
Kathy Finney is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, as well as Stillbirth Doula. Kathy is also an active Breastfeeding Buddy and is a great wealth of breastfeeding support information. Kathy is the mother of two grown sons and runs an autobody shop with her husband.
Katie’s Favorite Parts of Being a Doula:
There is so much to love about being a doula and offering care and support to individuals and families.
There are many beautiful moments in both birth and postpartum. These are some of my very favorites:
I love watching birthing individuals get into the zone when they realize their own personal power and strength.
I also love being there to provide support and encouragement to help them sustain that strength.
I love the magical moment when the baby is born and placed into loving arms, and the entire energy of the room tangibly shifts from the intensity of labour to the overwhelm of love and awe.
I love postpartum work and caring for parents as they focus on adjusting to their new lives. Arriving for postpartum shifts in those early days at home and seeing the visible relief on the face of a new parent, is something I will never tire of.
I love watching those same parents blossom into confidence and comfort in their new roles, as life settles into a new normal and the early days of overwhelm seem like a distant memory.
I simply love being a doula, connecting with families, and all the unique and tender moments that come along with the work.
Katie Vanderveldt is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. Katie’s love of connection also extends to animals and nature, and in her downtime, she can usually be found in the garden or hiking through the woods, with her dog and kids by her side.