What doulas do…

I center myself before entering 

Your sacred and powerful space 

I smile warmly and gaze at this mama in wonder 

“I’m so happy to see you” with a warm smile on my face 

As the journey unfolds 

She finds her rhythm and he holds his heart 

I have two hands to hold 

Contractions less than 3 minutes apart 

I touch her comfortingly, delicately, reassuringly 

Having been through the journey that lies ahead 

“You can do it! You are so strong! None of this is stronger than you are!” 

I offer the voice inside my head 

I meet her where she is in her moment of travail 

I offer nourishment, hydration, and a knowing gaze 

We walk hand and hand down birth’s winding trail 

She is under the veil, blissfully in her birth haze 

I am the smooth stone that has seen the river flow  

Soft enough to mold right into the palm of her hand 

Yet 

Strong enough to hold her mooring in fierce waters unknown 

I am a doula 

I walk alongside the path 

A guiding light and a knowing glance 

You are safe 

You are loved 

You are mama

birthphoto 3-25-19

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