A question that's frequently asked of doulas is, "Why did you become a doula?" For Kenya, that's a question best answered in person. However, there are many sources of inspiration for her practice and support of expecting families. A mantra that affirms and informs Kenya's doula practice comes from Dr. Kieran O’Driscoll of the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. He is best remembered for his thoughtful and compassionate contributions to the detailed care of women in labour such as this quote from The Doula Book:
“Birth must preserve a woman’s dignity, and must remain a joyous event with a woman feeling in command of herself.”
Many of Kenya's inspirations are regularly pinned on Pinterest and some are noted below. Pinterest is also a place where Mothers can find more information about birth preparation, yummy treats for pregnancy, postpartum care and recovery, why doulas rock! and more.
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Kenya's Reflection on Her Inspirations
A great source of inspiration is Erykah Badu–mother, artist, singer/songwriter, doula and spokeswoman for the International Center for Traditional Childbirth (ICTC). Read more about Badu’s journey into doula work and natural childbirth. Listen as she shares her personal story of being called to birth work and her commitment to the ICTC mission to reduce infant mortality. Badu’s benevolent commitment and holistic support for women through natural childbirth is amazing and powerful.
Reading the book, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, helped bolster my perspective on women communally serving each other through the experience of childbirth as the model for my practice. As the only daughter of Jacob, with his wife Leah from the Book of Genesis, Dinah’s story is usually told within a few lines of scripture.
Through her insightful storytelling and use of historical elements, Diamant gives voice and context to Dinah’s experience growing into womanhood and her journey into doula work; much of it influenced by her time spent with her mothers (Jacob had 4 wives), aunts and other women inside the “red tent,” a place for women to gather during their menstrual cycles, when ill, and while laboring in childbirth.