I've been procrastinating about writing this post, but I was challenged by an amazing doula to write about a time when I needed a doula in my life. So, let me share my personal story with Post Partum Anxiety (PPA) and why I could have used a doula to help me cope.
After the birth of my second child, I was ecstatic. Breastfeeding was going well; baby was sleeping like a ... well, baby; and I had almost lost all of my "baby weight". But, then about 2-3 weeks postpartum, it hit me.
Extreme never-ending-constant-fear anxiety and panic.
That's when I could have used a doula. A doula could have given me my options and choices for what to do and how to cope.
A doula could have told me "this is normal" and "you are going to make it through".
A doula could have given me encouragement and cheered me on.
A doula could have helped me find my own voice and speak with my medical provider about what exactly I was feeling and going through.
When I thought there was no hope and I would never make it through this, a doula could have told me that there was a light at the end of the tunnel --- that this too would end --- that I was stronger than my PPA.
After a couple of months I finally figured how to cope with my PPA and although anxiety sometimes rears its ugly head, it doesn't define me anymore.
But, you see, a doula could have been an amazing support tool for me (and for my family). All of those things that I wish I had a doula by my side to do and say are exactly what I, as your doula, do for you and your family during your pregnancy/labor/birth.
When could you have used a doula?
<3 Your Knoxville + Chattanooga Doula & Birth Photographer,