The truth is that labor and birth, as well as the postpartum time, are difficult trials. While the challenge may be great, it's doable. And one thing is for sure, you will always remember these moments and how you felt. Did you feel supported? Let down? Alone? Loved? Criticized? Nurtured? Joyful? Relieved? Overwhelmed? Were the people around you focused on you and the work you were doing to bring your baby into the world?
My view of labor is this: Imagine you have to live life's hard times and weather them in a matter of hours. That's labor. It's like a short burst of life's hard times, concentrated. At the end of that testing comes joy like you've never known, as you meet the person you've waited so long to lay eyes on. Through hard times, one thing matters most...who was there? Who saw what you went through? Who offered help? I believe that people are human and we mess up but there's One who never did and who is with me through thick and thin. I'm a doula to be more like Him.
I want to be more like Jesus. I want to be there for you through the testing, because I feel His presence most during the hard times in life. I want to be there for you like He's been there for me. He sees you, knows you, cares for you, holds you by the hand, and never lets you suffer alone. He stays constantly by your side, making a place for you to rest during the journey. And when you reach the end of yourself, He encourages you and sees you through. He sees and hears all that you go through, the good and the bad. I want to be like Him, and that's why I doula.