I decided to become a doula because I feel there is a need in this country that is not being met. For an industrialized country, we have shockingly high infant and maternal mortality rates. Even the mothers that lived through their labors and who delivered healthy babies had a variety of experiences, with some being very negative.
My vision is to not only improve the lives of those in my community through better birth, but change the perception of labor, pain, and overall strength of women. I also see the unique opportunity to improve the health and mortality rate of minorities and those living in poverty through being a doula. All women should have equal access to high-quality healthcare and support, and integrating more doulas into our growing communities can only help to bridge that gap.