If we gleaned one thing from our conversation with Haley Jasmin, the owner of Uptown Doula, it’s that being at the beck and call of a person who might go into labor at any moment and raising three young children is not easy.
But you’d never know it in interacting with Haley. She radiates positivity and calm, and will soon have you laughing and joking right with her. So it makes sense that she’s chosen the profession she has. She’s the type of person a parent want in the room when they’re spiraling out because their entire life is about to change, and typically in a pretty intense fashion (aka child birth).
For those who don’t know (don’t worry, we didn’t at first either) there are two types of doulas: a birth doula is a support system for the person carrying a child to ensure they are taken care of and have as good an experience as possible throughout the birthing process. Then there are postpartum doulas, who help provide support to parents after birth by checking in at home and helping out wherever they’re needed – typically overnight.