One of the questions I often get asked as a doula is, "Why did you become a doula?" This is a complicated question and answered in a multitude of ways. There have been so many driving factors that have lead me down this road. The biggest reason is found in our values and our mission. I started serving mothers in 2004. I re-branded myself from Jessique Brown Doula Services to Advent Birth Services in 2010 to accommodate the idea that I wanted to offer a full range of birth services. Advent was expanded in 2014 as an effort to bring a collective group of Christian Doulas together to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their community by serving families in one of the most monumental times in their lives.
Other Frequently asked questions:
"What does it mean to be the hands and feet of Jesus?"
This is a bit of Christian slang to mean that we are doing HIS work for him. In this scenario, HIS work is loving and serving birthing families in a time of need.
"Are your services only for Christians?"
No, not at all! Our services are for EVERYONE! We are a group of Christian doulas who have joined together because we are similar in support style and our group offers our clients back up doulas from people who share our mission. One of the things we do focus on is spiritual support, but our job is to support YOUR beliefs and not push ours on you. Our only job is to love and serve you in our trained scope of practice as a doula.
"What is your stance on the LGBTQ community?"
We love you, you are welcome here, and we are here to serve you!
"Are you going to break out in prayer and song during my labor and birth?"
This question makes me giggle. I'll only do that if you ask me to. We are a very professional group of doulas and our support is as unique as each individual that we are supporting. We try to spend a fair amount of time discovering what type of support you are looking for at your consultation and your first prenatal so that we can give you what you need. Some people request prayer support along with encouragement and affirmations. Those are the people who get it.
One thing I do personally is spend time focusing my energy on, journaling about, and praying about each client. I do this in my personal time, in private.
"What denomination are you?"
Our doulas are comprised of different Catholic and Protestant churches and Advent does not identify as one denomination. Personally, I was raised baptist, and since have attended Vineyard Churches, Anglican Churches, Orthodox churches, and Roman Catholic Churches.
There are Christian roots behind our name. Advent is a season on the liturgical calendar. It is the season of fasting and waiting leading up to the season of Christmas. This is an exciting season of anticipation and waiting, much like pregnancy.