My name is Jacki Barker and I am a doula with a busy business in Sydney Australia. I teach parents HypnoBirthing using Marie Mongan’s Method which helps to achieve wonderful calm and joyful births. I first saw the incredible difference this course made to couples in birth when working as a midwife in the UK almost 20 years ago. I knew there and then birth did not have to be about drama and pain as we are all programmed to believe. I walked from one room where a woman was screaming in terror demanding an epidural to the next room where a mother breathed her baby out with a smile on her face.
As a result of my experience, I learnt to attend water births regularly. I knew I would be a midwife who would do what I could to bring peace and normality to birth. I have also been very fortunate to have assisted Independent Midwife Sheryl Sidery with her home births as the second midwife for the past year and it has been a real pleasure to be present at so many wonderful home waterbirths and an honour to work with Sheryl.
I believe that with education, we have the power to heal birth. Birth needs to heal at a worldwide level. Birth is a sacred and beautiful event and we need to help people believe in the sanctity of birth once more. With education and time, I think this is achievable. “Women today not only possess genetic memory of birth from a thousand generations of women, but they are also assailed from every direction by information and misinformation about birth.” (Valerie El Halta)
I also believe women need to have doulas as we all know studies show births with intervention are hugely reduced when a doula is involved. So by increasing the number of doulas who are spreading positive, evidence-based research and helpful information about birth then changing birth stories to reassuring and happy outcomes more and more, we can make a difference. For more on my bio please visit my doula business www.lovecherub.com.