My services have been provided in many areas. I have worked as far west as Davis and Woodland, east to Roseville, west to Folsom and south to South Sacramento/Elk Grove. Over the years I have worked in over 18 medical facilities and homebirths.
By Cyndi Whitwell
Dawn was peeking between the blinds.
How long has it been since I have slept?
Hours, days? No time to think,
Mom is moaning again — give her support,
Encouraging voice in her ear.
The pattern of breathing slowing
as the contraction ebbs.
But the sounds have changed.
Mom is disturbed by the pressure.
Reassure her again — this is normal.
Positions are changed, ice is offered.
The power of pressure builds.
Sounds are different in the room,
More activity is felt
But we are locked in the rhythm of the dance,
Moving ever onward to the feelings.
Suddenly a baby’s voice is heard
Above the tears of mom & dad.
Fear & pain have changed to joy outcries.
Another birth, another lost night’s sleep,
Another memory to validate
My desire to be a doula.
Published in International Doula, 2000