We have UK doulas blogging, speaking, building bridges with midwives, writing, running courses abroad, we have Maddie McMahon's Birth Hub, Nicola Goodall's Wysewomen, Paula Gallardo's Mamaheaven, Olivia Seck's Birthing Wisdom, the film Doula! and much more. A wealth of rich and relevant experience and exciting discourse to tap into at our finger tips! Not forgetting our links with our sisters in mainland Europe, the Doulas de France, the ongoing development of the European Doula Network and the doulas at Da-a-luz in Spain.
There is little doubt that we owe much to the US pioneers of the modern doula role, to Dana Raphael for reminding us of the Greek women who supported the mother so that she could breastfeed, to Ina May Gaskin for sharing her inspiring journey from doula to community midwife, to Penny Simkin and her founder colleagues at DONA International for establishing a premise for doula education and peer support , and to Debra Pascali Bonaro who continues to bring DONA's courses to the rest of the world today. However, it is clear that the American doula has her own way of working, her own guidelines and boundaries which can differ considerably from the way that doulas work elsewhere.
As one of my favourite North American sister bloggers Molly Remer of Talk Birth comments:
"I hadn’t realized how ethnocentric my own perceptions were about the role and history of doulas and I previously assumed that the “doula movement” was essentially synonymous with the “doula profession in the US.” Not so!"