Thursday, September 02, 2010

Introducing....The Birth Rhythms Team (Day Three)

Carmen Emul CLD, Esthetician

I was inspired to become a doula by my cousin who was an aspiring midwife and gave birth to her three beautiful children at home. As we discussed birth, life, health and medicine, it became clear that our philosophies matched. I saw how beautiful and life changing birth could be. Although I haven’t given birth myself I feel that in the culture of fear we live in, people need to be given options and protection through the incredibly profound experience of childbirth. With my background in massage and aesthetics, it made sense to develop a holistic approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, I’ve always had an interest in fitness and nutrition and think that if pregnant women incorporate these elements into childbirth, we can have healthier children, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

I completed my Birth Doula training through Mother Wellness in 2005. Being a part of a childbirth experience brings humility into my life every single time because I see how beautifully we were created and how wise our bodies are when we allow them to work. While I feel that medical intervention in the birth process has its place, there needs to be additional support and education for women who want to be aware of all of their rights and options and I wanted to be part of that. From my perspective, the ideal birth experience is hands-off, surrendering to the body’s wisdom. With all of the preparation in the world, at the end of nine months, give or take, the body will instinctually complete the whole process. Your body will know what to do. No two births will ever be identical; we all have our own stories. I educate people to trust the process, trust their bodies to do the job they were made to do.

Your body knows what to do.