Ninjas are plain cool. Think about how many times the word Ninja is used. We have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja blenders, Ninja knives, and now even the Basement Ninja. It has a fun, and yet serious connotation. Ninjas have skills! Ninjas get down to business! And what kid doesn’t want to dress in all black, sneak around the house and have some throwing stars? I know all of my kids do.
How does this relate to being a doula? Aren’t doulas the women in flowing broomstick skirts, turquoise jewelry and wearing patchouli? Maybe. (I have rocked this look on occasion, to be honest) But doulas, more importantly, are the women who slip quietly into a birth room, holding this precious space for a couple who are welcoming a new addition into their family. Doulas are the magic in the background, bringing you a drink when you need it, rubbing your back just the right way, and making you move when you feel stuck. They support you, they don’t upstage you!
Not to mention the doulas toolbox. Just as ninjas of old loved their throwing stars, nunchuks and tabby shoes, doulas have their own set of tools they bring with them as well. Some doula tools may include LED candles, to set a gentle mood, more like home than a hospital. Essential oils to make everything smell nice, ice packs, heating pads, reflexology tools, lotion, massage oil, hair bands, snacks, and even caffeine for dad. We prepare for your needs, we anticipate them, and then meet them. Another classic tool of the doula, a rebozo. Rebozo is a fancy word for a woven scarf. Perfect for helping mom to lift her abdomen, jiggle baby into the right position, or squeeze those hips during contractions. We can take the “normal” and make it amazing!
Many people ask, “What is a Doula?” My thought? They are a baby ninja!