"You have to nurture the mother so she can nurture the baby." -Loretta Weisinger, doula
It is a documentary about the social circumstances that is reality for many women across the United States and throughout the world. Loretha Weisinger works with young mothers in a neighbourhood in Chicago where mothers are met with little to no resources or advantages. She works with the girls to empower, educate, and create a inner confidence in the newest of mothers. She works beyond the scope of an average doula. She couples her work of birth education and advocacy with social work and community engagement.
I highly recommend this documentary to anyone looking into becoming a doula, volunteering as a doula, or working with disadvantaged youth. The point of view that Loretha and other doulas like her offers the young women is free of nonsense and judgement. They teach fundamental life skills: nutrition, baby care, self care, and autonomy.
This film is the reason I chose to work with Montreal Birth Companions. While living in Montreal I learned the skills I need to accompany women in their childbearing year. I was able to accompany women who in need who appreciate help navigating the healthcare system. The clients I worked with were strong wonderful women who make great mothers. I am very grateful to have been allowed into their lives at such a wonderfully important time.
This is the trailer of the documentary which can be found on Netflix.