There are a lot of things I love about being a doula. A lot. One of those things is the support and friendship within the doula community here in Omaha. We have so many fabulous doulas here. And we're all friends. Seriously. We don't view or treat each other as competitors, but as colleagues. I belong to a facebook group in which most (maybe all) of the doulas in the Omaha area are members. Most of the conversations in that group are doulas helping each other out....providing backup for a sick or exhausted doula, sharing handouts, resources, articles and studies, offering suggestions for those harder labors, helping each other with website design, sharing opportunities for continuing education, inviting each other out for doula dates, doula parties, and doulas' nights out, cheering each other on, and offering a shoulder to cry on after those particularly emotional births.
We all have one common goal: safe, healthy and supported births. We all understand that no doula can be the right doula for every mom and genuinely want every mom to have a great birth. We work together to raise awareness about the benefits of doula care and refer to each other to make sure that every mom who wants a doula, finds one that is a good fit for her needs, desires, and personality. We deeply believe in this work. It's not about the money or the number of clients on our calendars. It's about moms and babies. It's about love.
Thank you, fellow doulas for your love and support not only for the mothers and babies of Omaha, but of your doula colleagues. It is a blessing to be a part of this lovely little community.
Amber Piller - Professional Birth Doula and owner of Agape Birth Services. Serving Northwest Houston including Jersey Village, Cypress, Tomball, Spring, and Katy Texas.