Doula Revolution: Transforming your Mind, Body and Soul: Book Review
By N. Smith, Guest Blogger: N.S. is a mother and warrior mom who survived postpartum depression.
I’m a 35-year-old mother of three beautiful children. After the birth of my third child, I struggled with postpartum depression, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and to make matters worse, my doctor found a lump in my left breast.
Although I sought professional help, my battle with postpartum depression was overwhelming. I felt as if I was sliding down a mountain and trying to hold on with my bare hands. I came across this book entitled Doula Revolution: Transforming your mind, body and soul by Agathe C. Pierre-Louis Psy.D. The title of the book did make me want to pick it because I am not a doula.
My instinct told me to pick it up anyway because I am always looking for an opportunity to transform and be my best self. Little did I know how helpful this book would be for me as a mom who suffered from postpartum depression.
Prior to reading this book I was angry about my birthing experience and the circumstances that followed. I was angry at life, and angry with GOD!!! I didn’t realize how negatively my experience with giving birth had impacted my perception about doctors, medical staffs and life in general. As I read the book and completed the exercises, I felt empowered as a mother and as a woman. This book is very informative. It was as if I was in a therapy session with the author.
I realized that although my experience was not what I had expected it to be, I was very much in charge of ensuring my daughter received the best medical treatment that was she was entitled to and beneficial for her health, as well as one that coincided with my family’s beliefs. The book is “a MUST HAVE and a MUST READ” and it is packed with a lot of information that you can use as a reference during your day to day life!
After reading the workbook and completing the exercises, I just had to reach out to the author to thank her. So, it is my honor to say thank you for helping me to see differently my postpartum depression and the birth of my daughter and that I am a warrior mom.