I’ve been mulling over what it means to be “Placerville Doula”, what I want to represent, and how that applies to my clients. In a nutshell, that’s branding. What do people think when they see my face, when they chat with me in the grocery store? What’s the first thing that crosses their minds when they see my logo?
With the latest mainstream issue of the Planned Parenthood/Stem Express relationship (a big story in our little town of Placerville!) and the recent uproar regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage, it suddenly became very clear to me that I hope the bottom line of my brand is support. Inclusive, unbiased support. When I say that I leave my birth philosophy at the door, I mean that whole-heartedly.
So I released a new slogan for my business.
From the get-go, my desire has been to take Lindsay out of the equation and focus on you, my client, the pregnant/laboring/birthing/postpartum person. As these controversial topics take hold of my News Feed, I want it to be clear that I support you, whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey.
I support your family the way you define it. What does your family look like? Are you in a committed relationship? Married? Single and loving it? With a man? With a woman? How do you define your family? Whatever your family looks like, I support you with open hands and an open heart.
I support your birth the way you define it. There are so many variables here. Not only the way in which you give birth (unmedicated, vaginal, epidural, cesarean, etc.) but also when. As a certified birth and bereavement doula, I am willing and able to support you through abortion, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, adoption placement, etc. If you are facing loss or special circumstances of any kind, contact me. I’m honored to support you, to help you find the resources you need, or just to listen.
I support your experience, and I hope you walk away from your birthing experience feeling strong, brave, and supported no matter the outcome, no matter the method of delivery.
I support you. You! Yes, you. My personal beliefs and philosophies are irrelevant to my capability and willingness to support you.