Bearing Witness is an anthology of 50 stories about doulas working with birthing families. Stories of joy, awe, miracles. Stories that are gut wrenchingly funny and stories that are sad and difficult to hear. There is wisdom in these pages. These stories are presented here to you from the heart. The contributors to Bearing Witness are women who have made a lifestyle out of rising from their warm beds in the middle of the night to answer pages from their clients, Of leaving their home and families sometimes for days on end. We do this because most doulas want to help change our birth customs. We want to educate women and advocate for natural childbirth so that they achieve a positive birth experience and feel strong and confident in themselves and will mother their babies in a healthy way. Birth needs to become human again. it needs to reclaim its wild primacy. Peace on earth does indeed begin with birth.
Dr. Lisa Doran is a naturopathic doctor and a doula who has worked in the field of fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care since 1992. She believes that conscious conception and natural birth advocacy are an important part of maternal and child health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Doran teaches maternal/newborn care at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Lisa Caron's passion to foster healthy, confident families led her to train as a birth doula, postpartum doula, and a childbirth educator. She found her calling to birth work while volunteering with pregnant teens in 1996 and has since attended more than 250 births in homes and hospitals.