Years ago, when I started my journey and education to become a doula everyone asked me what a doula was. Almost all of my family and friends have never heard of the term. They also didn’t know of the existing perinatal and postpartum services that were in Rhode Island.
Today, I am full of gratitude and emotion knowing that doula businesses are being recognized, known and valued as necessary resources to many local families. Improving mental health and mortality rates. Government also seeing the lack of funding and addressing the importance of maternal health.
I got news this afternoon that a doula business was nominated in the Providence Journal’s 2020 Readers’ Choice awards in the category of “Best mental health & social service”. A DOULA business nominated as one of the top 5 mental health/social services in Rhode Island?!? HUGE for our doula community that dedicate their lives to improve and support others. Businesses that should be known to all families here in Rhode Island.
I sobbed(and still am while I write this) learning that the doula business that was nominated by so many in RI is my business. Well Nested RI is in the running for Providence Journals 2020 Readers’ choice awards.🙏🏻 Thank you to all who have nominated, believed in me and my service to our postpartum community. I am overwhelmed with emotion and joy knowing that families are being educated, supported and loved during a time many do not openly speak about.
The first round of voting starts on March 1 and I could greatly use your help! To all in the doula and postpartum community I need your help. Let’s shine light on these important services and promote the urgency of having the doula bill passed in 2020! I thank you for your faith in me. I’m so thankful for each of you. Excuse me while I go cry some more...