I'm a Bastyr-trained birth doula starting to build a practice in Seattle and it is thrilling! I'm not sure the extent to which this is done here, but if anyone wants to do some networking, refer clients, talk about doing some back-up work, please feel free to talk to me!
This is my spiel:
There is nothing about laboring and birth that I am not in awe of, or that I don't find beauty in.
In our culture birth is frequently misunderstood and misrepresented; women are often unprepared for the process of labor and decide not to experience it simply out of fear. Some are thereby robbed of a truly unique, wonderful biologically crafted experience because of this fear, and that is very distressing.
I will protect *any* kind of birth chosen by any kind of woman, in a hospital, at home, or at a birth center; unmedicated, cesarean section, or any variation thereupon. I am the guardian of a woman's *choice*, her counsel and her advocate.
"Studies show that doulas are astonishingly effective at lowering risk.... the limited choices that American women have for bringing their baby into the world, what women are not told about dangers of intervening in birth, and the misuse of science to support the new technologies of birth actually constitutes an ethical problem, although we typically do not recognize it as one.... What kind of 'choice' is that?"