The Covid19 pandemic hitting Travis County happened to line up with the final weeks of my pregnancy. I was so excited that we had a doula to support us this time around and was devastated that tightening visitor restrictions might prevent us from getting that in person support I really felt like I needed. Almost miraculously, we were able to have Alicia Power from Birth Power Doula Services there with us for the whole 22 odd hour ordeal. She was absolutely incredible. I handled the pain and emotional ups and downs so much better this time around. I felt so much less fearful and so much more confident in my decisions for myself. In a country, particularly a state, where our maternal outcomes are abysmal, these providers are invaluable if you can access them. Hospitals quit allowing them about a day after we were released.
Additionally she offered compassionate support in the weeks prior to L&D, helping me manage my increasing anxiety about the news cycle and create contingency plans so that I would feel empowered and supported no matter how much the rules changed. I wish that every laboring person could have someone in the room with them like Alicia.
March 27, 2020