Dr Lisa Doran & Lisa Caron BEARING WITNESS

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BEARING WITNESS

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Bearing Witness is an anthology of 50 stories about doulas working with birthing families. Stories of joy, awe, miracles. Stories that are gut wrenchingly funny and stories that are sad and difficult to hear. There is wisdom in these pages. These stories are presented here to you from the heart. The contributors to Bearing Witness are women who have made a lifestyle out of rising from their warm beds in the middle of the night to answer pages from their clients, of leaving their home and families sometimes for days on end. We do this because most doulas want to help change our birth customs. We want to educate women and advocate for natural childbirth so that they achieve a positive birth experience and feel strong and confident in themselves and will mother their babies in a healthy way. Birth needs to become human again. It needs to reclaim its wild primacy. Peace on earth does indeed begin with birth.

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Dr. Lisa Doran is a naturopathic doctor and a doula who has worked in the field of fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care since 1992. She believes that conscious conception and natural birth advocacy are an important part of maternal and child health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Doran teaches maternal/newborn care at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Lisa Caron's passion to foster healthy, confident families led her to train as a birth doula, postpartum doula, and a childbirth educator. She found her calling to birth work while volunteering with pregnant teens in 1996 and has since attended more than 250 births in homes and hospitals.

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Introduction "We have a secret in our culture, it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong." Laurie Stavoe Harm "Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers - strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." Barbara Katz Rothman There is wisdom in these pages. I am humbled by the volumes of experience shared, the voices we hear, the stories told. These stories are wonderfully real, they are emotional, they reflect how we so often have the opportunity to experience the joy of something divine, a woman giving birth. But birth can be difficult and some of these stories are be raw. The authors may carry frustration with them surrounding their experience as witness to modern birth practises applied to a deeply intimate event. These stories are presented here to you from the heart, with courage and very truthfully by the women who support women giving birth powerfully. The contributors to Bearing Witness are all women who have made a lifestyle out of rising from their warm beds in the middle of the night to answer pages from their clients, of leaving their home and families sometimes for days on end. We do this because most doulas wish to help to bring the change in birth that we see needs to come. Birth needs to become human again. It needs to reclaim its wild primacy. So many women are set free when they are allowed to birth as they need to. We want to educate and support mothers so that they understand their choices and so that they achieve a positive birth experience based on their own informed choices. Being an effective doula and advocating for natural birth contributes to moms who feel strong and confident in themselves and will mother their babies in a healthy way. Peace on earth does indeed begin with birth. Most of these women are not writers and I salute their courage at baring all, taking a risk when putting pen to paper, and sharing a part of their lives with us so effectively. Some of these women are brilliant authors and story tellers and I thank them all from my heart for your eloquence and vision. Some of these stories come to you as poems, as imagery, as interviews or from recordings taken at story circles. What this collective project has become is a vehicle for women to express what it has been like for them to be a part of a very unique community. We bear witness in a very literal way to something that is always joyful, sometimes h

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