What is a Doula?
In 1973 American Medical Anthropologist, Dana Raphael coined the word "doula" as a woman outside the family who tenders the new mother, so she can successfully breastfeed. Her book The Tender Gift: Breastfeeding so beautifully describes the shift that happens when a woman becomes a mother, known as Matrescence. This book is one that I hold dear and it has become a model of care for me as a Postpartum Doula. Although it was written in the 70s and is now out of print, I resonate with it so much and love lending it out to my clients from time to time. So many feelings, emotions, and hormonal changes happen during the birth and postpartum period and it's incredibly important for women to be supported and nurtured during this sacred phase. However you chose to define your doula work, know that you are valued as you pour your heart and passion into the lives of families. Keep doula'ing your thang!
What services do you provide?
I currently serve Houston, Tx and surrounding areas, offering postpartum doula support, lactation visits (both in-home and virtual) and gentle sleep coaching. You can follow my doula journey @ instagram.com/newbynurturing and if you would like to inquire about my services please fill out my contact form > newbynurturing.com/contact.
Happy World Doula Week!
-Katie Newby, Postpartum Doula, and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist