POINTS OF LIGHT BIRTH DOULA MISSION
We strive to connect our clients with the information, resources, and support they need to be fully informed, nurtured, and connected to a grounded sense of alignment.
We seek to keep our clients informed about health disparities that disproportionately effect their community, while at the same time working to infuse a sense of spirit and joy.
What we know for sure: You are your best guide, and we will follow your lead.
BIRTH IS A RIGHT OF PASSAGE
Birth has the capacity to hold a transformative, liberatory power. Organically organized unfolding requires certain conditions to be met, namely trust and safety. We will work together to explore what you need in this process to give it the energy it needs to facilitate unfolding.
You are the meant to be the strongest resonance in your labor and birth experience. We will entrain to you. When you need additional guidance we will be there for you with our hearts open.
CELEBRATE ALL BODIES, PEOPLES, WORLD VIEWS
We promise to meet you where you are at and honor what it is you need in this experience for it to feel not only good, but authentic. You are the essential component of this experience and deserve to move thorugh it in ways that feel replenishing, healthful and safe for you. We love supporting folks who seek spiritual connection in their birth experience, folks who belong to POC and LGBTQIA2S+ communities, and folks who currently live with (or have lived with) stress, trauma, anxiety and/or depression.
ADVOCATE & OFFER STIGMA FREE SUPPORT
Historically "advocacy" has been erased from the definition of doula scope of practice. Points of Light Birth Doulas professional framework promises to gain a clear understandig of your needs and advocate with you or on your behalf when something is not right. We will always encourage you or your immediate support team to advocate first, but recognize that there may be situations where time is of the essence.
CONTUNITY OF CARE
Points of Light Birth Doulas want to make sure you feel safe and supported. We also work with you to ensure you have access to the support you need when you need it. This looks different for every birthing person, so we will ride the wave alongside you and find an anchoring point when and if you begin to feel a sense of uncertainty.
Points of Light Birth Doulas will work with your other professional care providers to ensure you are getting the care you need and deserve. We will strategize about how to keep your birth space feeling intimate, and what to expect based on your birth location.
UPHOLD CULTURAL COMPETENCY AND TRAUMA INFORMED CARE
We promise to meet you where you are at and provide care that is free from stigma. We also promise to provide care that is specific to your needs. In any situation, if we are not a great match culturally, we will work to connect you with a care provider that better fits your needs. Having a doula you feel fully connected to is imperative for building trust.
The young and old [water lilies] are linked in one long breath, an inhalation that calls for reciprocal exhalation, nourishing the common root from which they both rose. New leaf to old, old to new, mother to daughter--mutuality endures. I am consoled by the lessons of lilies.
--Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants