Sherpa: “The term sherpa is also used to refer to local people, typically men, who are employed as guides for mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, particularly Mt. Everest. They are highly regarded as elite mountaineers and experts in their local terrain, as well as having good physical endurance and resilience to high altitude conditions.”
At my last birth, (my 400th as a doula!) the dad said that just as they had used me for their first birth, they would not consider having a baby without a doula. In fact he sings my praises to many pregnant couples. His sister was present during the labor and just after the birth and she was told by both the mom and the dad of this baby, that they need to hire me when they have their first child!
But a comment that the dad said resonated with me. He said just as you would not climb the Himalayas without a Sherpa, you should not give birth without a doula! I loved the statement. It made me feel like smiling! It was great because I consider myself a birth guide.
If the dad or the woman’s mother or sister want an active part in the labor and birth, I am more than willing to step back and only offer suggestions along the way. But when the other support people need or want to step back, I am there to offer any support needed. But considering myself a labor sherpa is kinda sweet! Thanks Trey!