I trained as a Doula with Nurturing Birth in 2014, and I have since supported many families, in many different birth options, scenarios and outcomes. I feel so privileged to be invited by these amazing women to support them at this very special time in their lives.
Being a Doula for me is above all supporting the woman in what she needs. Providing her with information so that she can make informed decisions. And encouraging her to believe what she feels like the right choice. It is to adapt to the needs of the couple, setting aside judgments and preconceived ideas. What is a perfect birth for one woman may not be to another. What I would or would not do in such a situation does not matter. I am there to support that woman, with a history, conditions, needs and dreams that are hers alone.
I strive to bring that same adaptiveness as a mentor. Encouraging the mentee to find her power and the answers within her, and signposting any further resources she might need to be the best doula she can be.
I was lucky enough to be mentored from the very beginning of my doula journey by Nurturing Birth, and it made all the difference. Having a mentor when you are just starting, is like having a Doula to be a Doula.
Sara Vale’s Nurturing Birth Directory Listing: https://nurturingbirthdirectory.com/sara-vale/