Let me tell you about this amazing woman, Director of Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh, the amazing and incomparable Bethany Brown.
Bethany has been my doula for all 3 of my births, and I honestly couldn’t imagine having anyone else at my side.
Before I tell you how she has been my lifeline during my birthing years, let me give you an example of how fun our relationship has become. At 9:19pm on July 6, about 4 hours before my daughter was born, I texted her: “Hope you like to party cause there ain’t no party like a home birth party,” to which she appropriately responded, “Woop!! I do like to party.” How amazing is it that I was comfortable enough to have this kind of interaction with her and that she just jumped right in with my silliness? This just perfectly captures the relationship we’ve formed over the last few years. Every woman deserves this kind of fun support during their birth. I wish I could Oprah Bethany to everyone I know- you get a doula!!! You get a doula!!!
Look at the smile on her face. In every single picture from my homebirth, she is wearing this huge grin; she is totally in her best element and doing her thing supporting me through labor. And her best element is a level unmatched by anyone I’ve ever seen.
Bethany is such a gentle birth giant. She knows how to connect with her clients in the exact way that they need in the moment, and never comes across as too much to the rest of the birthing team. She is calm, collected, and confident as hell. She perfectly walks the line of non-medical birth support, and empowers her clients to make informed decisions every step along the way. She gave me strength — gave me life throughout the entire experience. She is FIERCE.
After everyone went home and slept following Mila’s birth, I received a simple text- “Good morning my hero.”
I mean, come on!!!
Let me say it again- everyone deserves to have the kind of support and love Bethany brought to me during pregnancy, labor and postpartum.
For those of you that may be unfamiliar, a doula is someone that provides guidance and support to a woman during labor. There are also postpartum doulas, which assist new moms with the transition to motherhood. Doulas usually do not have medical training, but are very familiar with birth. Some doulas attend 50+ births a year!
Some states have recently begun passing laws that mandate insurance companies or Medicaid cover doula services. According to Evidence Based Birth, in 2012 about 6% of pregnant women engaged the services of a doula. Of people that did not have a doula but knew what they did, 27% said they would like to have a doula. Studies have shown that women that have continuous labor support by a doula or similar support person are more likely to have a spontaneous vaginal delivery and less likely to have pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forecep assisted delivery, or cesareans.
Peace on Earth begins at birth.
Moms to be- find yourself a Bethany ❤️