I love the word doula, it comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and now refers to a trained and experienced professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and just after birth.

We give birth to our stories.  Our stories only exist because other people are there to support us in them and receive them. Stories are messy, terrifying and transcendent.   I support the birth of my own stories and the stories of others – physically, emotionally and informationally.   This beautifully feminine metaphor is intriguing to me and it’s the one I am going with in a new era of exploration.

8 responses to “Doula

  1. I doubt we’re on the same path, but we may be in the same woods.

    I’m interested in keeping at-risk kids in school.

    It seems to me that developing story-telling skills in kids can anchor some of them, and the stories in turn can influence others.

    I’m going to be curious where your path goes . . .

    Best wishes,

    Dave Kieffer

    • Hi Dave – I’ve seen how storytelling cracks opportunities for at-risk individuals wide open. I like the thought of anchoring – definitely. I only have to see how liberating it is when someone hears my story to realize what a gift that is to others. I would imagine blogging would be a good medium for at risk population – it’s multimedia, inexpensive and casual. And blog posts are short, but form a the identity of the individual over time. Are you an educator? Many thanks for your comment!

      • Not an educator — more of a social activist (post-journalism and management consulting stints).

        I greatly appreciate your observations and suggestion.

      • David, Can I ask how did you find the Story Doula blog? I am teaching blogging and it would be helpful for students to know how people find different topics and blogs. Thanks!

      • I didn’t remember . . . had to think about it . . . the threads/links — and my synapses — are cold.

        In the name of higher education, here’s the best my noodling can come up with:

        A week or so ago, filmmaker I follow on Twitter flagged OK Go’s new “marching band” video as another in the series of one-take videos by the band with the faux lead singer. (I don’t know if you’ve seen it — it’s not magnificently polished, but I loved the music, the goofy concepts, the band, kids, etc. And, of course, the one-take strategy — especially the get-the-camera-person-on-a-crane-platform-without-showing-any-cables-shot — was and interesting to me as producer-shooter.)

        That led me to nosing around on Google. Some how your blog on the WTF video surfaced. I am positive that your link was high on the search — among the first several links, but I have not been able to replicate that search and your standing in it. However, I rarely go beyond the first page of results, and I certainly wouldn’t have been motivated to do so for this silliness — so my sense of you coming up high in the search is certainly true, I just can figure out the words I used that produced it.

        That’s as good as I can do . . . without launching a major forensics analysis. : )

      • That’s perfect. Thank you Dave. Just want to give my students a sense of getting their blogs out there and we are really trying to build audience so what are the trails they can leave out there that lead back to their blog. Take care!

  2. Thank you for doing what you do. You are an inspiration in so many ways.

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