"Every birth is holy. I think a midwife must be religious because the energy she's dealing with is holy. She needs to know that other people's energy is sacred. By religious, I mean that compassion must be a way of life for her. Her religion has to come forth in her practice; it cannot be just theory. Truly caring for people cannot be a part-time job."
~Ina May Gaskin, from The Spiritual Midwife.
Giving birth is a wonder-filled transition into parenthood. It is different for each person, and with every child. When giving birth, we tap into the deepest parts of our being, and are challenged beyond what we think is possible.
As doula, I support and cherish families in their journey to having the birth they and their babies need, whether at home, a birth center, or at the hospital.
I also believe in the parents' right to exercise full autonomy in making decisions, and I respect their inner guidance in making those decisions. I can help with finding the information needed, and with deepening existing knowledge about birth.
"We are made to do this work and it's not easy... I would say that pain is part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life. And that if anything, it's a kind of privilege to stand so close to such an incredible miracle."
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