Meet Mena Lee
How would you explain what a doula is in 3 sentences or less?
A doula is a non-medical person who gives physical, mental and emotional support to a woman (and also the partner) during and after labor. Doulas can bring essence to the birthing experience.
What's the best part of being a doula?
I've always been fascinated with the human body since I was a little girl. I worked in the healthcare/medical field for ten years before becoming "my own boss." As a doula, I get to bring forth all that I am through compassion, education and support to women who are birthing forth life, without the restrictions of a forty-hour work week.
How do you balance doula work and family demands?
I simply don't take on more than I can handle. Money doesn't drive me in this field; it's presenting genuine quality and the opportunity to educate women (and their partners) on their instinctual ability to bring forth life.
What advice would you give couples deciding on a doula?
Doulas are the best in helping to create as beautiful of a birthing experience as possible.
What aspect of doula work is most challenging?
The most challenging thing is that there is just simply not enough information out there about us (doulas). The doula community is still a "secret society" in the sense, and there are barriers and stigmas that still need to be broken so that our services can be offered to anyone in need.