Doulas and Childbirth



What is support?


Support is unconditional. It is listening, not judging,
not telling your own story.

Support is not offering advice. It is offering a Kleenex,
a touch, a hug . . . caring.

We are here to help women discover what they are feeling . . .
not make the feelings go away.

We are here to help a woman identify her options . . .
not to tell her which options to choose.

We are here to discuss steps with a woman . . .
not to take the steps for her.

We are here to help a woman discover her own strength . . .
not to rescue her and leave her still vulnerable.

We are here to help a woman discover she can help herself . . .
not to take responsibility for her.

We are here to help a woman learn to choose . . .
not to make it unnecessary for her to make difficult choices.

----Anonymous


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