Kimberly Lindsay – In the presence of new life

Teacher, Resident fairy, Celtic Shaman

What do you love about being a doula?

I just love babies, I have loved babies my whole life, there is something about being at the beginning of life and bringing life into this world, it goes back to creational energy and a baby is the utmost creational energy in the world! It is also the second most initimate thing you do in your life, love with your partner and bringing a baby into the world. For an outside person it is really personal.

What is it about that connection that you are really drawn too?

It is about us being humans, it is part of life, this is what we do, part of the reason we are here on earth, being there to witness the full cycle. You have two people that connect to this ray of energy to bring this child in, the baby is created and in birth it comes through all your chakras. It’s the full cycle of creating a life into the physical from the spiritual realms.

What do you think are the benefits for mother and child in having a doula present?

Statistics show that by having a doula, risks and the possibility of having a cesarian, goes down by half. The hospitals run their own agenda. If mothers don’t have a partner or extra support they get pressured a lot by the hospitals. When you have a loving supportive person who is constant, who doesn’t leave, knows it is all about you, is there to keep you calm and help you to breathe, the possible influence of the nurses to take Pitocin, have an epidural or cesarian doesn’t penetrate as much.

It is about creating a sacred space for the mother to labor how she wants to labor. Doulas can help remind the mother how well they are doing and that they are doing what they want to do, be encouraging. Doulas are knowledgeable about labor, it is about moral support, physical support and emotional support.

How do you take care of yourself in a birthing situation?

The labor room is kind of a high, you also know that it will be over in a few hours or 24 hours…there is an end to it. At the end there is going to be a beautiful baby there and you are going to see a family being born. I am there in service of that mother and baby, you are stretching with the mom and breathing with the mom and that infiltrates into you through them. It’s an amazing process of passion and joy, love and hope.

Does the role change when the husband or partner is present?

You know it depends on the husband, some husbands can’t see the woman in pain as they feel responsible and they sometimes back out. The doula can step up when this happens. It is really great with the dads, because you usually want someone behind the moms supporting the back and you want someone in front, you want her taken care of all the way around.

The doula cannot take the place of the partner and meet those deeper emotional needs, only the partner can do that. I want the dads to be as active as they want to be, it is their experience. Sometimes if he needs energy work I will work with him too if she is OK, and sometimes I need to step out.

I am thankful to witness the birth of a family, it is amazing, it is one of the coolest and fulfilling things being in the presence of new life.

Kimberly, thank you for giving us a small peek into your world. If you have further questions, comments or would like to have Kimberly’s support at your impending birth please contact her via the comments page.

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1 Response to “Kimberly Lindsay – In the presence of new life”

  1. 1 Candice May 4, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I had a note today saying ‘what baby wouldn’t want you in the room!” xo

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