Brood Letter 09 | Doulas as Mothers (as Doulas)

by Brood

CW: If you’d prefer not to discuss motherhood or moms today, feel free to skip this letter. We see you, and your choice to take care of yourself. For those who want to join us, read on.

Hello Brood fam!

It’s that one day a year when mothers everywhere rejoice at getting what they really want and need (read: sarcasm!). Okay, okay I know some parents really do love the adorable burnt-toast-breakfast-in-bed, the handmade cards, the brunch with the mother-in-law, or the two hours off to get their nails done in peace. Don’t get me wrong, those things are all really lovely! I just wish mothers and caregivers were celebrated and cared for in an ongoing way and that we weren’t basically, well, forgotten. Maybe it’s because I have a partner who regularly (read: every day) does early mornings with my kid, and we both have fulfilling careers and social lives, that I even have the energy to have this conversation at all. I have enough support from my own partner, my mother, friends and community to ask for the things that I need and want, and I don’t just get them on Mother’s Day. The “asking for help thing” is a real thread in the work we do here at Brood. People of all backgrounds have a really hard time asking for support, and mothers have an especially tough time. We recently sat down with a handful of our doulas who are also parents — they unanimously said that their wish for moms and caregivers this mothers day was that they get the support they need. 

To those of you who celebrate today, or are tipping your hat or clinking glasses with a special mom, mother or mother-figure in your life, we are thinking of you, and thanking you. Capitalist-co-opted tradition aside, we hope you get the support you need in whatever part of that journey you’re on. We won’t fix that challenge today, but I promise we’re working alongside you. 

Xo Gill

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