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“A woman giving birth to a child has pain, because she knows her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.”
John 16:21 (NIV)
What does it mean for my clients to give birth “in joy?”
It means that my clients feel free to exercise their right to informed consent and refusal.
It means that my clients will have complete, unconditional support from me, no matter what the circumstances turn out to be.
It means that every client walks into the birthing journey with her eyes wide open, ready for anything, and fearing nothing; because she has empowered herself with knowledge, and understands that her body is wise and strong enough for the work ahead.
We all have nervousness and some anxiety as we await childbirth, even if it’s not our first child. To birth “in joy,” true fear has no place. If it comes up, every woman I serve will have my unwavering help to overcome it – no matter what.
It means that my clients’ partners may need my hands and heart as well, so that she will be free to focus on the work of birth, knowing she doesn’t need to worry about her partner.
It means that the women I serve all experience an “I did it!” moment – whether they birthed naturally at home, or by cesarean. That moment will look different for every woman, and is determined by her definition, not mine or anyone else’s. My goal as a doula, is to plant at that moment’s root, a seed that will blossom into full-blown joy one day.