Hello! My name is Cheyenne and I’m a doula in Richmond, VA. When I tell my friends and others in my community, “I’m a doula. I help women create their birth plans and support them as they give birth to their child,” I often hear a chorus of responses something like this:
“Oh, wow! I’m terrified of birth!”
“How many babies have you delivered?”
“People plan their births?”
I would have given some variation of these same responses a few years ago, before I knew what a doula was, and before I’d explored the realities of birth in this country. But now, being in my role instead, I often answer something like this:
“Birth is definitely hard work, but there are lots of ways to support women coping with contractions and to make labor manageable until baby is born and the ecstasy-inducing hormones take over. Plus, believe it or not, there are some women who’ve felt little pain or even a lot of pleasure during birth. Kind of surprising, I know!”
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