I received a text this last Monday afternoon, “GENA, AM AT WORK COUPLE IN LABOR ALREADY AT HOSPITAL CAN YOU CALL AND TALK TO THEM AND COVER?” Yes, yes I could call and yes I could cover. People often ask how women who have jobs perform Doula duties? Well, like anything else in life we operate better and easier with support. I am a back-up for a dear friend of mine, she is such an excellent Doula that I am very conscious to provide the same care that she would provide.
I arrived at the hospital at 2:30, her client was at 5cm [dilated]and 100%[effaced]. By the time I left she was 9cm [dialed]. My friend came in [as she had just left work], and after saying my good byes I left. Her client was cared for by her husband and myself and was never, at any point, alone.
Some of my clients have expressed concern about the possibility that I may have use of a back-up. I have yet to use one, but I think it’s wise to have one in place, in the case of an emergency. I would prefer my client be supported until I can reach her than alone or feeling abandoned during her labor. As Doulas we take who we choose to partner with very seriously and generally pick a partner with similar ideals and approach to birth as us. I treat her clients with the same tenderness respect and awe as I do my own.
I was honored to be part of this strong and beautiful moms labor and I hope I can have my sister Doula’s back again soon! Thanks for trusting me and allowing me to help you when you need it most!