You know what I love about coffee? It’s completely adaptable to my desires.
I enjoy having coffee as part of my morning wakeup routine. It gives me (at least, I think it still does) the extra little push I need as someone that doesn’t get the suggested amount of sleep in order to function outside of a sloth speed.
On brisk, dark days I can have it hot to warm my spirits and my hands. Or have it iced to keep me cool when the temperatures rise. I go through varying degrees of coffee drinking. Sometimes I enjoy my coffee teeming with bold flavors, and at others I cave to my sweet tooth by adding some agave and hemp milk for something a little more decadent. The way another person prefers their coffee doesn’t impact the way I drink mine.
Does my coffee need anything to help me through the day?
Well, no, it doesn’t. Black is great too and gets the job done just as much as any other way.
Does adding to it make the experience of drinking coffee that much sweeter?
You bet it does!
And much like these additions are to coffee, a doula is to their client. Does a birthing person need a doula to get through labor and birth?
Well, let’s see here…
Birthing people are fully capable of having their babies without the support of a doula. That’s the awe-inspiring thing about humans. No matter the details that rest between the lines of the story, babies will be born by the people that birth them. They are able to do their own research, if they want to. They make the best decisions for their family and their unique-to-them situations. Even if things get really, really hard people are resilient and make it through. Doulas are there though, to enhance the experience. To elevate their clients to a place where they are heard, encouraged, and supported. They show up for all of it, and the support they offer is tailored to the individuals they work with to provide a unique and customized experience.
So the short answer would be: No, they sure don’t! Doulas can however, make the experience that much sweeter. They are the cream and sugar to a birthing experience.