It’s exciting to learn of your service and you can be sure that I’ll be telling people about you.
A friend of mine was a doula here in Taipei up until she relocated last Spring. I had the privilege of being with her and her husband at the homebirth of their daughter here in Taipei. Two Taiwanese midwives were present and my job was to care for the needs of the parents so that my friend’s husband could give her his full attention. She’d given me a list of things that were important to her, and I was in charge of things like taking photos, running the videocam, preparing towels and blankets, warming the receiving blankets in the dryer, bringing the parents food and drink during the birth, keeping the bathwater comfortable as mom labored. At one point after the baby arrived and the midwives were dealing with the afterbirth I was able to say, “Let me take the baby and go take care of her.” I also stayed with the mother and newborn so dad could bring the other child home from the sitter’s. When I finally said goodbye, I found them in the candlelit bedroom introducing the two little ones, with a dinner she’d prepared beforehand warming in the oven. It was an amazing experience.
Of course, I’m not a doula like these ladies Holly and Trena but I can appreciate the work that doulas do and the wisdom they share, whether it’s a home or hospital birth. At a hospital birth (four for me) I think they’d be even more useful (policies and procedures, paperwork, staff coming in and out, medical interventions, etc) When birth plans need to be changed due to complications, mom needs dad’s full attention and extra TLC. That third person can really help lower the stress levels.
Sorry to go on and on but I also want to mention that while His Hands Doula Services (Holy and Trena) is in Gaoxiung, there are three other wonderful resources available up north. Wenling is a bilingual Birthing From Within mentor and La Leche League leader, Anna is available to teach prenatal classes on evenings and weekends and also attend births, and then there’s Sabine Rossnick who leads monthly La Leche League meetings and can also offer breastfeeding support by phone or email.