If you’re reading this, you will likely appreciate this humor originally posted by Doula Nadia Smith: “If your partner can purchase a PS5 he can pay for a Doula!”
Of course there is truth in the statement.
“Shall we talk economics of hiring a doula? Decreased risk of preterm birth, decreased risk of cesarean, decreased risk of perineal and pelvic floor damage… your total cost of healthcare is lower when you have a doula. And why are we putting a price on maternal wellbeing when we are in the most dangerous developed country for birthing?” Danielle Downs Spradlin, IBCLC, CLC of Oasis Lactation Services writes.
Doula Anihhya Trumbo of Lovely Offerings Doula Service in Lexington, Ky. says it’s time we get our priorities together.
Trumbo offers her services on a sliding scale so that doula service is available to all families no matter their financial situation. As an independent doula, she doesn’t name a price; instead she simply asks families to pay for what they can afford. She also volunteers through Hope’s Embrace, an income-based perinatal support organization.
Trumbo’s areas of interest include Pregnancy and Infant Loss and Fertility advocacy.
As an Accessing the Milky Way scholarship recipient, she is also eager to become a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) currently working through the Lactation Counselor Training Course (LCTC).
“I can’t wait till I complete my training,” Trumbo shares. “I’m learning so much already…”
Trumbo has been documenting some of her training and revelations on social media.
Currently, Trumbo refers her clients out to lactation professionals, but she says, “I want to be able to provide that support within myself; they already know who I am. We have already built this strong bond.”
Trumbo is passionate about not only making doula and breastfeeding services more accessible, but more visible.
Pat Hoddinott’s and colleagues’ research into how vicarious experiences relate to breastfeeding intention and behavior shows that “The most important predictor of intending to breastfeed was the woman’s attitude to her most recent experience of seeing breastfeeding.”
The research echoes Trumbo’s thoughts: “… if we had more families supporting and being open about [breastfeeding] that may give expecting families at least the thought that they can do it.”
Of course representation matters here too, not the insubstantial, rallying cry that author Lauren Michele Jackson writes about in this Vulture piece: “Representation matters. A mighty yet modest observation — that the art and culture around us, consumed and therefore inside of us, which expands and contracts our capacity to imagine living in the world — has gone tinny in its rallying cry, hollowed by the market’s appropriative appetites.”
Much like Kimberly Seals Allers writes about in The Black Maternal Mortality Crisis Is Not For Sale, “In this crisis, Black women must be the solution creators…,” Trumbo is a force driving positive impact on Black maternal child health outcomes.
Connect with Trumbo @TheLovelyDoula.