My First Home Birth as a Doula

I've not only had the privilege of giving birth to six blessings, but have also had the privilege of being with three other women during their childbirth as well. The first woman was my cousin and best friend who went into labor 6 weeks early with her first baby and her mom could not be with her. It was beautiful to be a part of bringing something so precious into this world. The second woman I was with was a friend of mine and she asked me to be the photographer. I got to capture some sweet memories made on that day. Then last night...

It all began with a call that said, "Jessica's water broke!" I just live right up the road from her. K, C, and I jumped into our vehicle and were with her in minutes. I will not give all of the details in order to protect her privacy, but I was able to be her unofficial Doula. "The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period". (www.dona.org/mothers/index.php)

It was a wonderful experience.

No, I am not a licensed Doula, but did this for a friend. It is something I could see myself becoming in the future. To help and encourage a woman while she is bringing one of God's miracles into this world is an endeavor worthy of consideration. As I held little Pheobe in my arms last night and looked at her velvet pink skin and counted her tiny little toes and fingers, I was overwhelmed with the awesomeness of our God and His creation.

"As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed..." Psalm 127:4,5

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