Ask a Doula Series, Part 4

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To end our Ask a Doula series, we have some more lighthearted questions – Doulas have a sense of humor too! It has been great getting to know these women better this week. If you missed any of the other posts in this series, catch them here: part one, part two, part three.

How many doulas does it take to change a light bulb?

Possibly 3. One who labors over which kind of bulb to purchase. One who actually assists in the bulb changing, and then one to oversee the first few days of bulb life.
– Kimberly Payne

As many doulas as the light bulb wants.
Kelly Larabie

Only 1- she stands on the ladder and tells someone as they’re changing the light bulb, the benefits and risks of standing on such a tall ladder while changing the light bulb, and how they’re doing such a great job.
Megan Fleeman

What Megan said! Doulas don’t change light bulbs. We teach others how to change their own light bulbs and remind them that light bulbs come in a variety of colors and don’t always need to be changed at the same time.
Gaylea McDougal

What Megan and Gaylea said! We don’t change light bulbs. We guide others on their options to do it.
Krystal Moses

The more the merrier as each has a wonderfully different way of doing it, but all are valuable in their view and process.
Rebekah Porter

If you could doula for any animal, what kind of animal would it be?

Above is a picture of me and my 11 month old girl attending our sow Lady Pig’s birth last summer. I love pigs. You always know they are close to their birthing time when they make a nest out of hay (well at least the fortunate pigs raised on pasture and not confined on a concrete floor). When I visited her in the morning she was restless and pacing her paddock. After lunch she was panting and resting in her nest. I knew babies would come soon. She gave birth to 16 piglets in under four hours! Each one would pop out, break its own cord, then waddle over to the mama milk bar.
Lyle Harvey

I’ve been a doula to my dog before and that was amazing. Having that experience behind me already, I’d have to say a horse.
Amber Mohr

I’ve doula’d many litters of puppies growing up showing Dobermans. That was always an awesome time. Now I would have to say a primate of some sort, either a gorilla or an orangutan. Obviously there would be a lot of mother doula beforehand.
Kimberly Payne

An elephant! I’ve read some beautiful stories of how other female elephants surround the birthing mother as a protection during her birthing time and trumpet in celebration when the new babe is born. I would love to witness such a magnificent process and encourage from a distance (certainly not the safest animal to doula up close!).
Lori Stottman

I’d have to say a chimp or a gorilla.
– Kelly Larabie

Gonna have to go with the baby chick. I actually wrote a blog on it a while back. Have you ever watched a baby chick painstakingly peck their way out of the that shell? It takes hours and hours and everything in you wants to help. To peel a little bit of it away for them or pull their exhausted bodies right at the end as they work so hard to step over that last tiny piece and break through that membrane. But you can’t do it for them. If at any point you interceded they could die. They have to do it themselves. Every time I watch it play out I sit there with tears streaming down my face at how hard they’re working, silently supporting them, keeping the hawks away, as only a doula can.
Gaylea McDougal

Horses… I love how the smell, their intelligence, and how birthing and mothering is so natural to them. They can teach me so much by watching.
Rebekah Porter

I have, in fact, been the “doula” for many, many animals… it’s one of the things that made me want to be part of the human birth world. Growing up on a farm and then being a vet tech, I have seen and helped with many animal births. The very primal nature of it all. The way mothers can connect with a human being during the births, especially when they need help, it’s just amazing.
Amanda Dier

A deer. Living in state parks for seven years I’m always hopeful. They’ve only given me really new fawns though. I try and tell them that they are safe with me but they always do it on their own.
Kari Jenkins

Can I be honest and say I’d rather just stick to humans??
Whitney Cantrell

I would doula a cat- I think they’re very choosy for who’s with them during their births and it’s an honor to be there.
Hillary Harvey

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