Today we’d like to introduce you to Bliss Herron.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a wife of 38 years, homeschooling mother of nine children, grandmother to thirteen (so far), Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula. My journey to becoming a Doula after three decades of teaching actually began with my own birth experiences. I’ve personally experienced an emergency C-section, a repeat C-section, a natural hospital birth and 6 home births. Those different experiences triggered a passion in me for birth. As my youngest children approached Highschool graduation I began to consider what my next season of life might look like. I considered nursing and midwifery, but then I heard about a strange new word, DOULA. When I investigated and realized I could have a career helping mothers bring their babies to the world, I knew becoming a doula was for me. Being a mother to mothers is why I exist!
Please tell us about your art.
As a Birth and Postpartum Doula I support women and their partners throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. I provide evidenced based information for any questions they may have, educate them on the process of birth, newborn care, postpartum care, and give them emotional support. I always say Doulas are the “village woman” of this day. That woman who shows up with knowledge, patience, experience, and familiarity. When our society was based around villages, young families had the close support of all the women of the village. We knew what normal birth looked and sounded like and knew how to help a woman as she birthed. We knew how to support her after she birthed. It was a normal part of our lives. As birth has become a medical event, we’ve lost that knowledge in today’s society. Birth is feared because it is unknown. Doulas, just by being present, bring a quiet confidence to a room where a mother is laboring. Evidence shows we have a positive impact on the outcome of birth. I guess you could say our “craft” is to normalize birth once again.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Being a full-time Doula can be challenging because it can mean being on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months on end. We often find other streams of income such as regular postpartum care, teaching childbirth classes, Placenta Encapsulation, belly binding, and providing birth art services.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I support mothers and families all over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in hospitals, birth centers and at home.
- Website: motherblissdoula.com
- Phone: 8177810472
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/motherblissdoula/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mother-Bliss-Doula-Services-881390868566735/
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