Meet Hannah Himes
How did you first get involved in birth work?
- I became involved with birth work when I felt God’s calling on my life. So, heeding the advice of a midwife I respect, I enrolled and completed my doula training with two excellent trainers through CAPPA.
Interest in doulas seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
- I believe that interest in doulas is increasing because women as a whole are yearning for the type of care that has their complete wellness in mind. A doula is a guide, that hopefully, can help inform and empower women and their partners to navigate the decision making that puts them in control of their care, and helps them to create a plan that leads to them feel prepared for what lies ahead on their journey to meet their precious little one.
What do you find most challenging about birth work?
- Honestly, the hardest part of birth work is hearing women speak about how helpless they were during their prenatal care and labor and delivery. It seems like an impossible task to reach out to all women and help foster opportunities for them to become empowered. I remind myself that supporting one woman at a time will create the ripples that make what we do as doulas more far reaching than even we know.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about using a doula, but isn’t sure?
- If you and your partner are considering using a doula I believe that it is important to ask yourself what kind of dynamics you want at your birth. It is important to chose your birth team wisely. Each person needs to play a vital part in the vision you have for your birth. Thankfully, there are many wonderful doulas in our area that provide care in different ways and have different personalities. Speak to more than one doula and find the right fit for you.
What do you think will change about birth over the next 5 years?
- My hope for birth in the next five years is that more women will find the support and care that they need throughout their pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. That more emphasis will be placed on the mother’s emotional well being as well as her physical. That women will take back control on their care and be able to find providers that truly listen to all their concerns and will see the benefit in letting a woman’s body do what it must to gestate and labor unhindered.
What is it like to be a doula?
- To be a doula is truly an amazing calling. It is an honor to be chosen to provide support to a woman during such a sacred and intimate time.
Hannah Himes is the owner of Soothing Currents Birthing Services