Why I trained to become a doula

Why I trained to become a doula

Watch Zuri Davidson share her journey to becoming a doula with Birth Day Presence and boober founder Jada Shapiro. Zuri & Jada talk birth doula training, virtual trainings, the importance of self-reflection, and showing up for our communities. Zuri shares how she came into birth work, after having an amazing doula support her during her birth who inspired Zuri to pursue this rewarding path.

Zuri is a trained Birth & Postpartum doula with DONA, and certified Lactation Support Counselor. Zuri has completed her trainings with Birth Day presence with expert DONA expert teacher Debra Pascaili-Bonaro, Kimberly Seals Allers, Amadoma Bediako, CLSC teacher Lea Rivera as well as joined Simone Boomer for our Doula Mentorship program.

Zuri is now based in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she runs her own doula business, Uma Birth Village.

Learn more (click the photo to watch Jada & Zuri's conversation on instagram!) about Zuri's parenthood journey and how, in her own words, it fueled her passion for birth work.

" Before giving birth to my baby boy, Hendrix, I spent countless hours reading articles about preparing for childbirth and the journey to motherhood. The big day arrived and there we were—my husband, my mom, and my birth doula—smiling ear-to-ear with tears streaming down our faces as we laid eyes on our precious baby boy for the very first time. Before leaving the hospital, I realized that I should have spent more time learning about and preparing for the postpartum period aka the fourth trimester. Early on, my son struggled to latch properly, and I had zero professional lactation support when I left the hospital. If it were not for my mother and sister, I would have resorted to exclusively pumping. I support parents feeding their babies in the best way they can, however, my issue was merely a lack of knowledge and at-home support. Honestly, I didn’t think it was necessary to learn about breastfeeding because the women in my family seemed to have done it effortlessly, so I figured it would “come natural” for me, too. Wrong and wrong, again.

Three months into my motherhood journey, I found myself grief-stricken by the unexpected loss of my mom, battling misdiagnosed postpartum anxiety, and still somehow trying to secure childcare and mentally preparing myself to return to work at 16 weeks. The hardest part is that we had just relocated to Indianapolis before birthing our son, so our closest family and friends were in Chicago. Life was spiraling and we were 150 miles away from our support system. Overwhelmed, happy, sad, angry and every other emotion on the spectrum—I was the ideal candidate for a postpartum doula. While every mothers’ circumstances may be more or less severe than mine, I believe that adequate postpartum support is essential for every mother.

I share my experience, not to create fear around birth or postpartum, but to shed light and give voice to the struggles that many birthing people experience in the shadows of silence. It was in my darkest hours that the fire for birth work was further ignited—so much so that I could no longer dismiss the calling. Even before my deep dive into birth work, I made it my business to share what I experienced in hopes of helping others and sparing them from being blind sighted."

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