How do you spell Doula?
Today is Tuesday, at 11:18 pm and two things are true:
- I am only just now writing the Wednesday post for Soaring Spirits’ Widow’s Voice Blog
- There is a high likelihood I will be called to a birth in the wee hours of Wednesday morning
Which means this will be a short blog post.
If you are wondering why I will be called to a birth it is because
In my other life, I am a Doula.
DEFINITION OF DOULA : a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and after childbirth.
In my current life as a widow, I am still getting used to how that role impacts other roles, such as my being a doula. Tonight, for example, I needed to get someone to care for my dog since I could be gone for 20 or 30 hours. Earlier today I was on the phone making arrangement for a class I have on Thursday. You get the picture?
My role as a blogger on behalf of Soaring Spirits means that it is now 11:35 pm and I am hoping I can finish this and publish it before midnight. But just like in birth, one can never read the future when writing a blog.
Did I mention that this work is the privilege of a lifetime?
Did I explain that this is my 14th year as a doula and it is truly one of the greatest joys of my life?
The miracle called birth never gets tired of surprising us.
Truly. Anything goes. So I need to get to bed right now to be able to stay the course….run the race….keep my head above water….and to provide the best support I can.
Till next time….