My essay, "The Guide," appears in the new book, Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America." Written by Christine Morton, the book explores the history and experience of doula care in the United States. The personal narratives, edited by Elayne Clift, ground the research in real-life experience. My narrative, "The Guide" recounts the challenges of my first labor, emphasizing the grounding role played by my birth doula.
Robbie Davis-Floyd PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas Austin, author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage, and co-editor of Mainstreaming Midwives calls the book "THE definitive work on doulas in the" and a great resource for expectant mothers and women interested in becoming a doula. To both, he says, "You will find all your answers within its beautifully written pages."