Becoming a well rounded Doula/EMT/EMR

Ever since I began my journey in becoming a (preferably) natural birth Doula I quickly learned by research, from some of the best trail blazers at The Farm in Summertown Tennessee founded by the Mother of Midwifery, Ina May Gaskin how important it is to be a well educated/experienced doula. Many of the women trained at the farm are also trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) so that they are prepared to deal with the worst case scenarios that are presented during child birth. Being the super ambitious person that I am, I decided to take a full load of 5 classes this semester including certifying to become a Dietetic Supervisor and a Doula. Two of the classes that i am taking in school are Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician so that I can get all the information I can during the process of becoming a doula. I figured it only made sense to study these skills at the same time since they would be conducive to each other. Needless to say the work load has had me going crazy, being so passionate about becoming a birth doula specifically to cater to a generation full of fear of natural birth is all worth it. I keep hearing that success usually derives from creating something for the public that is missing and I keep looking around for answers of what our future looks like for women who want to give birth naturally as birth life without hesitance. I can’t find it as much as I find artificial birthing practices. Along with a disconnection between parents and their off springs when the transition of the new born is made into this world they come in under pressure in a fear filled environment or situation like when a mother delivers high on drugs or unnecessarily by cesarean. Being a doula means I will have the chance to empower women in their very beings; to take charge of controlling their state of mind while doing what they were called to do biologically. However being trained as a EMT will evidently give any woman that I serve the comfort knowing that I can and will assist in any mishap that may occur as a trained professional. As I continue taking my training I do encourage other certifying doulas to do the same. Get trained in as much skills as you can to be the best and most trusted doula on the job.

GRAPHIC* EMT class watching a natural birth video.
GRAPHIC* EMT class watching a natural birth video.
Instructions on Emergency Deliveries and Labor Kits
Instructions on Emergency Deliveries and Labor Kits
Labor Kits - Seems we all keep one in our purse just in case.
Labor Kits – Seems we should all keep one in our purse just in case.
Great demonstration dummies. Don't be fooled these dummies are heavy like humans.
Great demonstration dummies. Don’t be fooled these dummies are heavy like humans. FunFact: A woman’s abdomen is as hard as rock once the baby is out.
Inside O/B Kit. Labor Kit. Ladies get a cute clutch and include this for your purse, car, home. Always be ready for anything.
Inside O/B Kit. Labor Kit. Ladies get a cute clutch and include this for your purse, car, home. Always be ready for anything.

The driving force behind my passion for this line of work service is undeniably the need for prenatal education, postnatal support and overall a line of servitude that I encourage all women to participate in. There is a call being made to our elders, them being in my opinion women over 30 years of age. Due to the vast majority of young females having babies uneducated about their medical options, human rights; females as young as 19 and younger are bringing life into this world medicated, drugged, forced and manipulated without even having the confidence in the power their beautiful bodies where blessed with. I could sit here and be all educated and explain the depths of my hearts heaviness about this topic but I rather cut to the chase and say “WOMBMAN we need to step up and do better!  We need to step into our roles as sisters, mothers, aunties, friends, and MENTORS and begin to have conversations with each other about womanhood. We need to talk about our experiences with our menstrual cycles, our sex lives, our reproductive hopes, goals and experiences. The stories we tell to each other are the stories that led many woman to greatness, and healing, empowerment and leading. We need to become accountable for each others miss-education about being a wombman. Let us begin to join each others group conversations about social media, celebrity and vanity and switch it up to how we really feel about ourselves and our bodies and our future as humans. As the bearers of life we need to come back to self and seek a higher understanding of what we have been called to do and be as women in this world!  At this time! Let us seek better knowledge in comparing the differences of productivity in giving birth naturally vs. institutionally (in a hospital).  Lets be encouraged because we need to revert back to our ancestral ways that made things simple, happier and healthier if not we will continue to grow lifeless and produce death.

My DONA INTERNATIONAL DOULA Quaterly Publication - Amazing articles in this magazine. For Doulas only. Become a doula today! The world needs you.
My DONA INTERNATIONAL DOULA Quaterly Publication – Amazing articles in this magazine. For Doulas only. Become a doula today! The world needs you.
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