Yesterday I was at the park with a friend and our kids. There were two other mums there and they were having a very heated discussion about their careers. The discussion was mostly a series of complaints about how much they hated their careers and how they would both leave if they won the lottery or inherited a small fortune. One thing that stuck with me was, as they were getting their small army of children ready to leave the quieter of the two looked at her friend and said " honestly some days I don't know why I go back to it" ...
On my walk home my mind kept drifting back to these two women who were obviously miserable with the path that their careers have taken and I thought- Why do I do Doula? Why do I keep going back? I mean, the hours suck- no benefits-no over time. Why do I still get butterflies on my way to a birth? The same reason I go back is the same thing that drew me towards this path in the first place. Because quite simply, birth is like nothing else- in a word breathtaking.
I have been fortunate enough on my Doula journey to be in the company of strong and powerful laboring women. To be in the presence of such strength is not a privilege that I take for granted. Every birth that I have been blessed enough to be part of reminds me of the light in the world- regardless of the darkness and negativity that we feel sometimes surrounds us. New life is a reminder that there is good, there is purity, there is love and there is light even in the darkest of places.
Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by that. That is why I Doula