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My First Birth As A Doula

30 May

Artwork by Marlene L’Abbe

My cell phone rings at exactly 3:26 AM.  I reach for my phone on my bed stand – the same way you wave your hand back and forth trying to pull the string attached to the light bulb in a dark closet – hit or miss.  Finally, I find the phone.  X is calling.  She needs my assistance.  In an instant I am wide awake – adrenaline pumping.  I dress and brush my teeth, pull my hair back in a low pony tail, and put on my favorite earrings – a pair of sterling silver wings that inspire me.  I decide to put my game face on, which means some good lipstick and mascara.  I pack a lunch,  look over my doula bag, and grab my camera.  I make sure I have X’s files and my doula handbook.  I kiss Peter and quietly shut the front door. Continue reading

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