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Doula Stories

Doula Stories

Author: Keelia Alder & Ajira Darch

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Ajira & Keelia use storytelling to encourage, inform, and love on doulas. Each episode features a birth story told from the doula's perspective, with tips and thoughts shared along the way. Learn more at
7 Episodes
When Cherie's birth photography client asked if Cherie would be the third layer of backup doula support, she agreed--how likely is it that the third backup doula needs to be called in, really? Sure enough, though, Cherie ended up unexpectedly supporting her client as both doula and photographer, facing questions that are all too familiar for doulas: how much longer can I keep going? Am I doing enough to support this family? How can I take care of myself at the same time?If you want to connect with Cherie Seah, you can find her on Instagram @EarthShineDoula and her website is You can also learn more about the Asian Birth Collective at AsianBirthCollective.comResources Cherie recommends to doulas who find themselves facing situations similar to her own include Spinning Babies (, and Birth Monopoly (
Hana Grace Lehmann (she/they) was going to support her close friend Annalise (she/her) through her pregnancy and birth. Annalise was set to have an unmedicated birth at the hospital, but when she reached forty weeks, COVID-19 hit, and shelter-in-place began. With Annalise now looking at different birthing options, Hana faced the possibility of providing virtual support for the first time, or hosting her friend’s birth in her own house.If you’d like to connect with Hana, you can find her on Instagram @philadoula and her website is If you or someone you care about needs support for perinatal depression or anxiety, check out these resources: the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance for People of Color ( and Postpartum Support International ( would like to thank Annalise & Damian for letting her be a part of their story, and for being open to her sharing their story. Thank you also to Wes and Cecilia who held her, and kept her going at that time. Finally, thank you to Samm Magpi of Magpi Midwifery, for being a grounding and calming presence.You can follow the Doula Stories podcast on Facebook or Instagram @doulastories or learn more on our website,
Sam (they/them) had been a full-time doula for years. Then COVID hit, and they now faced having to provide virtual support for the first time in their career to a client with a long history of trauma. What originally was going to be in-person support for a birth at a birth center quickly became an exercise in adapting to rapidly changing circumstances, and continuously meeting their client where they were at.If you want to find out and name the indigenous folk whose land you occupy: can follow the Doula Stories podcast on Facebook or Instagram @doulastories or learn more on their website,
Amadoma Bediako had been a birthworker in New York City since the 70's, but she still felt a little intimidated when another doula asked her to be the doula at their home birth.If you'd like to connect with Amadoma, or if you're interested in attending any of Amadoma's trainings, you can learn more by emailing her at doulatraining@gmail.comSevonna (the birthing parent) put together a version of the multi-page birth plan Amadoma referenced, which now serves as a guidebook for pregnant parents via Sanctuary Birth Inc. While still a work in progress, Sevonna has generously shared this resource with us, and you can view it at the following link: would like to thank Sevonna and Quazzy for allowing her to share their birth journey with them.
Hana Grace Lehmann (she/they) shares her story about supporting Lily (she/her) through the birth of her firstborn. The deck seemed stacked against Lily from the start. Even though Lily wanted an unmedicated birth, everyone in her family had given birth by cesarean, and Hana knew that Lily’s doctor had a very high cesarean rate.When Hana got the call that Lily’s water had broken and that she was heading into the hospital for an induction, Hana tried not to jump to conclusions about how this birth would go.Hana is a doula based on unceded Lenape land, in what is now known as Philadelphia. If you’d like to connect with Hana, you can find her on Instagram @philadoula and her website is philadoula.comHana would like to thank Lily for allowing her to share her story, and she’d also like to thank Lily’s mother for carrying hard narratives for so long, and for hearing this new story.You can follow the Doula Stories podcast on Facebook or Instagram @doulastories or learn more on their website,
Ajira and Keelia introduce themselves, and explain why this podcast is needed.They also introduce storytelling as a tool in our continued education as doulas, and its value in sustaining and supporting birthworkers.The book mentioned in the episode is The Doulas: Radical Care for Pregnant People by Mary Mahoney and Lauren Mitchell. You can follow the Doula Stories podcast on Facebook, Instagram @doulastories or learn more on their website,



Braxton and Hicks walk into a bar. Nothing happens. Ajira and Keelia are here with funny-ish jokes and stories from doulas to share with you. Subscribe to hear about what happens in the birth room from the doula’s perspective, and to hear helpful tips along the way. Follow Doula Stories on Instagram @doulastories, or check out their website:
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