This is a series highlighting folks who identify as Radical Doulas. Are you interested in being part of the series? Email me.
I have spent my life around children and families, as a nanny, a daycare provider, and friend. I decided to go down the path of becoming a Doula because I feel that the birth of a child is a truly magical and wonderful process that should be celebrated and enjoyed. I wanted to offer my strength and wisdom to those who need and want it. My Site http://www.birthingservice.com and email Brandi@birthingservice.com.
What inspired you to become a doula?
In all my work with children and families it seemed the common emotion that kept coming up was how stressful, crazy and out of control the moms felt in labor, I wanted to find a way to help. Then i discovered DONA and started my path.
Why do you identify with the term radical doula?
Because I do things differently than most, I came from a very birth positive place in Oregon to a very medical birth place in Iowa and I still want to maintain the care and respect that all mothers deserve.
What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?
I believe that a woman should be able to birth where ever she chooses, when ever she chooses, and with whom she chooses. Birth is magical and wonderful, and as a doula it is my goal to help establish and keep that positive energy.
What is your favorite thing about being a doula?
The emotional aspect, the range of motions a woman feels during the processes of pregnancy, labor, and birth is truly amazing.
If you could change one thing about birth in the US, what would it be?
I would make birth in the US, more family centric, the family the father and mother should be free to do there own thing and have all the support they need to achieve their wishes.