My path to becoming a Doula
It feels like its been forever since I sat down and focused on my little space, perhaps I should explain my silence.
In 2015 I decided to register with Unisa and further my education, well I am in my final semester with 5 subjects left – I cannot wait to finish. So between being a Wife, Mother, Student and employee it’s been busy and finding time to prioritize writing has not been at the top of my list.
It has been an absolute blessing to further my studies. I have a strong passion for continuing ones education be it through formal qualifications, short programmes or attending workshops – you should never stop learning.
If I could turn back time and speak to my teenage self, I would say skip the gap year in the UK, skip working fulltime and go study. However what I would have chosen then and what my passion is now would have been completely different. I have a Nurses heart, I want to help people, I have a need to care for those who are unable to do this for themselves and I have a strong passion for babies. Summing it all up, I would have studied Midwifery. Unfortunately I cannot see that happening in the immediate future, but maybe one day.
All of this has led me onto a new path, yes I will continue my studies, I will continue to be an employee but I have also started my training with WOMBS to become a Doula. The word “doula” /ˈduːlə/, from ancient Greek, means: “A woman who serves” also referred to as a birth companion or post birth supporter. It is used to refer to a trained and experienced non medical professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to both the Mother and her partner through pregnancy, labour, birth (whether natural, gentle ceasarean, home birth, water birth) and post-delivery.
There are many more classes, books to be read, exams to be written and births to observe but I’m looking forward to it. Next month I will start my volunteer hours at our local government hospital and MOU’s, and if you’re pregnant and want to make use of my services to help with my volunteer hours (starting from 19 August – free of charge) then drop me a mail.
So join me as I take the next step on this new journey, empowering woman to birth with confidence. Our birth stories are all unique but being prepared can make all the difference in your story.