I am a Great Aunt several times over. This particular foot happens to belong to one of my great nephews. His birth was the first I attended after I decided to be a doula. The birth of his sister is one of my repeats.
I love repeats. The foundation of trust, for this most intimate of moments, has been established at the first birth. The next birth is like a reunion of sorts. From the doula side, I know if my client prefers physical support or emotional support from me. Or both. Or at what stage of her labor each of those things are sought for by her.
I know if the partner has sensory issues to blood, odors, or tears. I know if the partner is comfortable with providing physical support, emotional support or both.
At repeats we are all immediately more able to become a cohesive team of support.
I am eagerly awaiting my next repeat with goosebumps. We have had our prenatal meeting and we are just waiting for the next sweet addition to their family to begin the journey to the outside..........