I saw a post on a message board the other day asking for unique and interesting ways people have described what they do...
One person said ' like a caddy for golf, but for birth' and that one works really well if your clients are golfers.
This one hit close to home for me, I had considered getting into wedding planning at one point in my life, specifically destination wedding planning.
"A wedding planner is a professional who assists with the design, planning and management of a client's wedding. Weddings are significant events in people's lives and as such, couples are often willing to spend considerable amount of money to ensure that their weddings are well-organized. Wedding planners are often used by couples who work long hours and have little spare time available for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers."
People spend hours and hours of time researching their weddings, deciding on the venue, and who the team will be supporting them on the big day.
SO much organization goes into it, hiring a photographer, catering, DJ, cars, it takes a huge team to pull off a wedding.
A doula does almost the same thing for your birth that a wedding planner does for your wedding.
We help you find the right venue for you. Whether its a hospital, home or birth centre we have seen it all and know the in's and out's of each venue. The pro's and the cons.
When it comes to the officiant, or in a birth you say ' the medical care provider' we work with both obstetricians and midwifes. Our experiences have taught us so much about the differences between each practitioner and why you may choose one over the other
You make all the choices, its your day to design. Your doula will be by your side just like a wedding planned would be. Steady, calming, and always present. Protecting you from the inevitable stress of a very big moment by taking care of as may little details as she can.
Your wedding planner finds out someone knocked into the cake? She's fixed it in 5 minutes flat with her amazing fondant redirection skills. Your doula verbally coaches you through your contractions, or applies double hip squeezes to relieve pain. She suggests bathroom trips, and while you're in there she is cleaning your kitchen or washing your dishes. Like a fairy god mother.
Your doula take so much stress off of you and your partners shoulders so you can enjoy the journey as much as possible. Their expertise is available to you at all times.
Here is a wonderful quote from a past client of ours "she was meant to be on our birth journey with us, For months, she calmed my fears, answered my questions both big and small, and gave me the encouragement I needed to know I could have the birth I deserved on my own terms'.
We love the service we provide, and finding difference ways to explain what a doula actually does.