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Now up on my website: What I wish I would have known as a beginning doula..."She has hired me to weave her birth story and so I stand with her until the end. I am modeling (for every person in the room) what it means to be with-woman. This power of presence reminds her of her wishes, her strength, her knowing of what is right for her family. And so the witness becomes the medicine. The doula at times is just a mirror. No, this is not hippie bullshit. This is love and what my moms (and pretty much everyone within earth's gravity) needed, every single time."
Full article here: http://www.ericashanechildbirth.com/written-by-erica.html
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"A doula hears the song in your heart and sings it to you when your memory fails." Erica Shane
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"We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”
– Mother Teresa
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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein
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“The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women.” – Stephen Gaskin
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"Is Love"
Midwives and winding sheets
know birthing is hard
and dying is mean
and living's a trial in between.
Why do we journey, muttering
like rumors among the stars?
Is a dimension lost?
Is it love?
Maya Angelou, originally published in her book of poems: I Shall Not Be Moved
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"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
– Elizabeth Stone
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"Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all.”
– Maya Angelou
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"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
– Abraham Lincoln
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“While the doula probably knows more than the partner about birth, hospitals and maternity care, the partner knows more about the woman’s personality, likes, dislikes and needs. Moreover, he loves the woman more than anyone else there. The combination of partner and doula, along with a caring staff gives the woman the best chance of an optimal outcome.”
-Penny Simkin, The Birth Partner
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