Modified from a post originally appearing on Mismikado Down the Sidewalk
Last night as I spent the night sleeping on my friend's couch as she recovered from a medical procedure, I realized that it wasn't very different then something I regularly do as a doula. In fact sleeping in random places is a skill I had long before becoming a doula and has just made it easier to get the bits of rest I might find I need. This got me thinking about what skills I find myself using with every client that people might not think of when it comes to doula work.
There have been many fantastic articles about limiting the number of visitors you have at your birth. And many of the arguments for this view are very sound. Since becoming a doula, I’ve found many of my colleagues agree with Family Psychologist, Daniel Chable, who believes only those present for the conception should be at the birth (with the exception of medical and support staff). For them it’s a matter of being able to preserve the birth environment as a quiet, sacred space without conflicting emotions and opinions being presented to the laboring mother. As a woman who embraced the crowd birth experience, I have a different view of the matter.