Self-Care For Doulas

And ever has it been that love knows

not its own depth until the hour of separation

               – Kahil Gibran

On Sunday, September 16th BADP doulas had their quarterly meeting and induction termination continuing education session alongside members of SFGH’s volunteer doula program. The induction termination doula support training covered a range of topics including timing and reasons for induction termination, an overview of the procedure, labor support including physical and emotional comfort measures, postpartum comfort, and doula self-care.

Supporting someone through a birth, abortion, or other reproductive event can be as physically, emotionally, and spiritually demanding as it is rewarding. That’s why doulas need to take good care of ourselves.

Here are some ideas our doulas suggested:

While you’re at the hospital…

  • eat, drink, and sleep on your shift if possible
  • use the bathroom as a place to take a short break

When you get home…

  • call your mom or other close family member
  • call other doulas/ friends in the field/ nurses/ doctors who were there with you
  • take baths
  • write about the experience
  • take walks outside
  • get lots of sleep
  • therapy

How do you practice self-care? Leave a comment to share your suggestions.

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