Birth doulas are misunderstood. Here's what we actually do.

The myth that what we do is just a luxurious add-on for the rich is far from the truth

A baby.
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I was not supposed to be a birth doula. But somehow, here I am.

I do not believe in homeopathy. I like randomized controlled trials and reason. I last wore a tie-dyed skirt when I was 11. There wasn't a whiff of patchouli in my upbringing — my father is a doctor and my mother a radiographer. I spent my toddlerhood making paper dollies with Betty the X-ray technician in the dim red glow of in a hospital darkroom.

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