There’s a new baby coming and I am the lucky Doula* who will help Mama bring him into the world. Her estimated due date was Sunday so I could be called to serve at any moment. I’m quite anxious because it will likely be the longest time Arlo and I have been separated. I’m a little sick about that actually.
Someone at the infertility support group asked me if it was hard being a Doula while trying to conceive and I can honestly say it is not. I believe birth is about women and being one myself, I love women. Would I hold a newborn and stare into his eyes? No. From that I would probably and most gently refrain. My ovaries might burst open losing what few eggs remain. But I’m proud and happy to care for a woman and her partner during labor and birth and I think it’s work of great value to humanity at large. Pardon the grandiosity.
I’m already looking forward to the huge rush of love when I see Arlo afterward.
*Slightly embarrassed that my site is so out of date. Pick any two of the three:
- I’m not advertising. I don’t want to be away from Arlo for long, unspecified periods of time.
- I’m not advertising. I don’t have childcare that would accommodate such long, unspecified absences.
- I can’t remember how to edit the software.