Radical Doula Profiles: Harley Banfield

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This is a series highlighting folks who identify as Radical Doulas. Are you interested in being part of the series? Go here to provide your responses to the profile questions and I’ll include you!

About Harley: I was awakened to my passion towards birth and the finding out of my 2nd pregnancy and have been educating myself on all things birth ever since. 6+ years. I reside in Central/southern Indiana. You can reach me anytime by email Harleybanfield@mtdiyonbirthkeeping.com
864 407 8909
Mt Diyon Birthkeeping

What inspired you to become a doula?
My life changed when I discovered a whole new world about health and wellness which led me down the rabbit hole to birth and all the options there were that I didn’t know about and as soon as I became educated about them I wanted to share them with other mommas as well! I’ve now been a *Formal* birth doula for 4yrs.

Why do you identify with the term radical doula?
Skip the ordinary doula! Invest in someone truly worth it is my motto, I myself have had 2 free births. I’m the Holistic/unorthodox/natural alternative type. Prenatal education and birth support to the fullest ability of truth, love and evidenced based care.

What is your doula philosophy and how does it fit into your broader political beliefs?
Prenatal education and birth support to the fullest ability of truth, love and evidenced based care. Skip the ordinary doula! Invest in someone truly worth it. I’m the Holistic/unorthodox/natural alternative type.
Mothers should be supported no matter what they choose! Non judgmental birth support to the fullest ability of truth, love and evidenced based care. & p.s YES, Advocacy IS a small but highly integrative accessory to birth support, should that be your desire! Bring faith-based Professional maternal support to you birth team!

What is your favorite thing about being a doula?
Experiencing the empowerment of free births!

If you could change one thing about the experience of pregnancy and birth, what would it be?
It would be to change natural primal feelings or assumptions relating to the physical feelings or pain of giving birth.

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