The Doula Issue 39 Autumn 2020 - Flipbook - Page 3
Welcome to the autumn issue of The Doula!
Not for the first time in my life I’m asking myself “how
on earth did I get here?” Being asked to Guest Edit The
Doula was a bit like nipping out for a pint of milk and
coming back with the whole cow. I thought I might get
lucky enough to be asked to write an article, and here I am
milking the whole herd… er, I think you know what I mean!
I’ve been a doula since 2007 and, as well as having done
my time on the Committee as Secretary, as Recognition
Certificate Organiser and Doula UK stall-holder, I edited
one of the original incarnations of the Doula UK magazine,
‘Doulaing’. Back then it was printed in black and white on
copy paper and stapled together with my own fair hands.
Myself and a few other doulas sat around my dining room
table stuffing the envelopes, sticking on the stamps and
munching on the burnt pizza I had provided in payment
(not surprisingly, I don’t recall them ever coming back to
And, my!, hasn’t it grown? It’s moved on to quality paper
with colour images, bound by not one but two staples,
and now on to digital copies, not even a stamp lick
in sight. What hasn’t changed so much is the pulling
together of this fantastic community, the sharing of stories
that is such a huge part of our ‘art’ and the fascination I
have with reading about all the cool stuff we get up to in
our miriad skill set. Triplet births, European connections,
raw and beautiful breastfeeding imagery alongside getting
under the skin of breastfeeding aversion.
I’m also so happy to be able to share one of my favourite
humans on the planet with you, Emma Svanberg,
Mumologist. Who, despite moving house mid-deadline,
still delivered her usual quality logic, energy and passion
about birth trauma for us. I also finally had an excuse to
talk to Eleanor Copp, I have loved her regular article in
Juno for years, about her experience as a midwife during
the pandemic. And share some news from AIMS on this,
their 60th anniversary.
I know times are uncertain, worrysome and
uncharacteristically fluid right now. Each of us are facing
different challenges this year – emotional, physical and
financial. Our jobs are so full of giving and nurturing
others and the challenge has always been to balance all
the love we give our clients with the care we need to give
ourselves. So, to that end, will you promise me you will
read this edition with a big cup of tea (insert refreshment
of choice) and your feet firmly up?
Trudi Dawson has been a Birth and Postnatal
Doula since 2007, she is also a Doula UK
Mentor, Antenatal Teacher and Yoga Instructor.
She runs Mothering Mojo, teaching Pregnancy,
Postnatal and Pelvic Floor Yoga, Birth and
Breastfeeding Classses. She lives in East
Sussex with her 3 children, has an expensive
yoga legging habit and pretends to be vegan,
until it comes to chocolate.
Leila is Doula UK Head of Membership and one
of the Doula UK Directors. She has recently
moved to the Isle of Wight and is enjoying her
proximity to the sea. This Autumn, she will be
completing her Marvel Universe movie marathon
and hopefully resuming the Couch to 5K runs
that she began during lockdown
Love, Trudi x
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