The Doula Issue 39 Autumn 2020 - Flipbook - Page 4
“ I’m pregnant and really struggling
with my birth and postnatal work.
I am finding it both physically
and emotionally overwhelming.
But this is my main income
and I need to keep working.
What should I do? ”
Every issue we publish a dilemma surrounding
an aspect of doula work submitted by a reader
and we encourage all of you to email us in
response with your advice and suggestions as
how best to solve it. All emails will be treated
in the strictest confidence and any
distinguishing details will be amended to
protect and retain the anonymity of both the
person submitting the question and the people
involved in the dilemma.
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Finding a shared care doula partner helped
me to continue supporting births up to my due
month and then, when my daughter was three
months old, I began supporting births again. My
shared care partner and I had an agreement that
if a birth was particularly long or I was finding it
too challenging that she would be ready to step
in. Knowing that I had that safety net gave me
peace of mind and the confidence to continue
to give my all. My shared care partner was not
just there as a physical back up though, she was
also the person who was never too busy to hear
the birth story or listen to me have a moan. And
even once pulled the car over on the way to an
antenatal appointment and gave me her parking
change so I could satisfy a pregnancy food
craving! Reach out to the doulas in your area for
support - it’s what we are good at after all.