In what ways does providing unwavering, compassionate support can reshape the experiences of childbirth and parenting?
In this moving conversation, host Debra Pascali Bonaro explores the concept of community support during pregnancy and birth by interviewing Lori Cosgrove. Lori shares her poignant journey from trauma and healing to empowering the next generation.
Lori Cosgrove worked in event production and studied to become a birth doula along with her daughter Veda. She later attended the birth of her daughter, Hannah, drawing on her doula training to provide support during labor and delivery. Her story speaks to the ripple effects birth experiences can have—both painful and profound—across generations of families.
In This Episode:
The special experience of a mother/daughter duo taking a doula training workshop together
How Lori used her doula skills to support her daughter Hannah during childbirth
Hannah's relatively easy yet long labor, using positions and techniques learned in the doula workshop
Lori's perspective as a mother, doula, and soon-to-be grandmother during her daughter's birth
How serving as Hannah's doula helped heal Lori's feelings about her own traumatic birth experience
The importance of the right mindset, terminology, and managing fears during pregnancy and birth
How community support postpartum made a big difference in Hannah's transition to motherhood
Why Lori believes everyone would benefit from doula training for birth, death, divorce, and more
How voicing needs and feelings is crucial to receiving good support from others
Mothers/daughters taking a doula training together can be a special bonding experience
A doula's unconditional support helps create an empowering birth environment
Working through one's birth trauma can come from supporting others in labor
Terminology and mindset have a significant impact on the birthing experience
Postpartum community support makes recovery and adjustment easier
Doula skills apply meaningfully to all major transitional life events
Communicating needs and emotions allows others to provide better care
"I honestly think everyone should be a certified birth and death doula. There's a space for that supportive role, as our society can promote disconnection - through devices or modern isolation." - Lori Cosgrove
"I feel like there’s a space for a doula in a divorce. I feel like there’s a space for a doula in a new relationship. I feel like there’s a space for a doula in a really busy home." - Lori Cosgrove