A friend has just asked me to be there for her (potential) UC birth as a doula (of sorts)!!! everyone in my social circle knows that i have had a successful hb with a mw, a successful up/uc and have officially began mw school. and they are all very supportive and curious of what i do/believe in. i have been studying midwifery on my own for many years, but enrolled in aami last year.
a friend told me about her bestfriend who is pg with #4. she has had 3 hospital births, and although she had a pretty easy time birthing, she strongly disliked the staffs attitudes and treatment of her and her babies. well, my friend told her about my uc and being a mw student, and she became very excited and wanted to meet me. we met for tea and had an instant kinship! she is just wonderful!
her and her dh have decided that they want to do a uc, but continue prenatal care with their current provider. she has asked me to attend her birth as a support person, just to be there, even in the other room, if she needs me. i made sure she knows the limits of my knowledge and experience, and that i'm not there to act as a mw, more like a doula.
i feel honored to be asked to help support this woman through the birth of her child.
i am scared and excited all at the same time.
i just wanted to share, because this is the first birth i will be at as a support person. hooray!!!