Without my doula…

Our client Teesha Bancroft shares her thoughts on all the ways her doula helped her through her birth — and what it might have been like without that support. 

by Teesha Bancroft

Without my doula, I would not have had an amazing natural birth class and a huge network of resources;

Without my doula, I would not have had the tools during the intensity of labor to get into different positions so that things would progress;

Without my doula, My labor might have plateaued at 5 centimeters dilation just like my mother in labor with me;

Without my doula, I wouldn't have had any idea how to manage my pain naturally and from within;

Without my doula, I wouldn't have pushed and pushed and pushed for three hours... It might have been longer;

Without my doula, my husband wouldn't have been able to take a break to use the bathroom, eat, feed me, get me water and do what he needed to take care of himself;

Without my doula, I wouldn't have had a warm meal an hour after my delivery;

Without my doula, I would not have had gentle guidance that had a huge impact on the success of my labor;

Without my doula, I would not have had breastfeeding support that actually made sense to me;

Without my doula, I wouldn't have had someone to message at 3 a.m. when I was lost and struggling as a new mother;

Without my doula, I would not have had someone to simply offer support in so many ways with like-minded parenting advice and ideas, making sure I care for myself so I can be a good wife and mother.

I am proud of my birth, breastfeeding and parenting. I know in my heart that without my doula, things may have been different.

Did you have a doula for your birth? How did your doula help you? Share your thoughts below on how things could have been different if your doula hadn't been with you for the journey. 

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