How long have you been a doula?
I have been a doula since May 2007
Do you feel BAI offered you something that was unique? What was it?
I really felt that the training focused on the spiritual side, which was
great. Anyone can learn about drugs and techniques from a book, but
to have birth talked about a labyrinth that we “walk” through during
labor was very helpful to me.
What was your favorite part of the training?
The labyrinth visualizations and rebozo demonstrations.
Do you feel that the work Birth Arts requires will or does allow you
to work as an effective doula?
I think it has, and it really helped me think about the “whole picture” not just the medical aspects of labor. Coming from a medical and legal background, it was a great help to get me out of that mode where time ticked away and procedures had to be scheduled if the woman didn’t labor “fast enough.”
How are you working as a doula now?
Right now, I’m still pretty much working with low income women on a volunteer basis. I had hoped to take up doula work full time, but it looks like it’s not in the financial cards at the moment, so I limit myself to one labor a month. I’m also working with several other doulas on various volunteer and community building projects.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a 32 year old mom who lives with my husband, son, and our 3 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi in Aloha, Oregon. We have just purchased a house on a quarter acre and we are looking forward to having chickens in the spring of 2008. I’m pretty much a Earthmama and I believe that everything on this planet has a spirit.
You can find more about what Anne does at http://www.aylabirth.org/