Ministry as a Doula

September 21, 2017

 

         Ministry involves serving the Lord and is accomplished by serving people. Philippians 2:5-7 shows how the Lord was a servant, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men;” Often, the word “minister” brings to mind a church or a pastor. However, ministering is not just for a pastor or church, it is much more than that. Every believer has God given talents in which they are called to use, invest in and multiply. Serving the Lord by serving families as a doula is a beautiful ministry that provides avenues of investment that can multiply and last for eternity. Although some may say that ministry is only accomplished through a church, it is essential to stay focused on God and be a servant as He calls us to regardless of other’s perspectives. God will lead each of His servants to serve those in need regardless of the organization they are in.

            It is an honor to hold the responsibility of carrying a child inside a womb. God has entrusted the woman to nourish, care and prepare for the unborn. Doulas encourage and guide this responsibility of women to promote God’s plan for the unborn. For example, a doula will give resources of proper nutrition and exercise, provide information about dangers to avoid during pregnancy, and educate about the childbirth and postpartum process. She willingly provides faithful and reliable advice. By serving in this manner, a doula is a vessel of the Lord to help mothers carry their babies well. Mother’s also face many fears during pregnancy and a doula is there to listen and educate to help relieve those fears. II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” A doula is used of the Lord to help give that power, love and a sound mind by not only listening and educating, but by reminding the mother of God’s Word.

            Bringing forth life for a woman is a time of travail which should never be taken lightly. Some may focus on how painful birth is while others may distract any thought of there being pain in childbirth. Women experience different levels and types of pain in childbirth. Pain must not be exaggerated upon nor ignored. A doula provides physical support during childbirth to help alleviate the various discomforts of labor. For example, a doula may give counter-pressure, massage, hot or cold compress, aromatherapy, blankets, pillows, food, drink, and more to alleviate and bring physical comfort to a mother. She also includes and guides the father how to efficiently be a help and understand the process as it changes. It is the father’s responsibility to have knowledge, ensure the protection, nurture and love to the mother and the doula is there to guide, encourage and support his responsibility. I Peter 3:7 says “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” Emotional support is another way for a doula to comfort a mother in childbirth. II Corinthians 1:3-4 says “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” God can bring comfort to a woman in travail through a doula. The words of a doula can be very powerful to keep a mother going. For example, the doula may remind the mother that she can do all things through Christ, to breathe for her baby, surrender to her labor pains and allow her body to open for her baby, that she is made strong in weakness, and that she will never be left alone. A mother needs encouragement and comfort when bringing forth her child. A doula can bring that comfort and help the father do the same.

            Devoting oneself to serve another and disregarding one’s own interests is a great way to show he love of Christ to the world. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” -  Theodore Roosevelt. Serving others out of a love for God and people can deeply impact them in such a way that may help them receive Christ when they otherwise would not.  “People are more influenced by what you do than what you say” - Klein, A book for Midwives. The compassion and sacrifice a doula shows can make a spiritual difference in someone’s life. A godly doula will point families to the One, Lord Jesus, who has given the ultimate sacrifice. Ephesians 5:2 says “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Praying for and with clients can be a great encouragement and shows how personal the Lord is with us. Reading relevant scriptures to a mom during difficult times can bring comfort and show how God’s word is alive and helpful for everything in life. And some have compassion, making a difference.

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