This year will see the launch of the book entitled “A Doula’s Journey” a new work of fiction. The book follows one woman as she becomes a birth assistant, also known as a Doula. A Doula is a woman who helps and supports another woman before, during and after the birth of her baby. This unique book gives the reader an insight into what it is like to work with birthing women, and the transition into motherhood. This book comes at an important time in history regarding childbirth. The Doula movement is reaching unprecedented heights all around the world. For many women in industrialized society giving birth in the 21st century can mean being subject to routine medical intervention. While modern day obstetric practice has undoubtedly saved many lives of both women and children it has also become routine procedure without always respecting the female ability to give birth unassisted.
Scientific research supports the fact that interfering with the natural birth process can have long term implications in the life of the child, the effects of which can continue into adulthood. Are these routine procedures always necessary? The process of giving birth is not only a physiological act but also has deep psychological roots and deeply intertwined. The hormones involved in birthing as the same hormones we feel when we fall in love, as what put the baby in there in the first place is what will help it to get out. There are basic biological functions involved in birth that are controlled exclusively by our endocrine system and can be easily interrupted.
This is not a ‘how-to’ book, it is not a text book. It is a book that shows some of the complex and intertwined aspects that surround giving birth. Scientific research is balanced with introspection and rhythms of daily life. This is a story of women, of birth, of transitions and living your truth grounded in the rhythms of nature. Prepare to see life, and birth, in a new light.