Go to Births!
If you are asked to go to a birth, go! Be a friend who is supportive and don’t use the word “doula”. You might think you know how a doula would act, but you also may not – which can do a lot of damage to your doula community. Instead, focus on being encouraging, remind them and their partner/family member they can ask questions, and bring the Birth Partner book with you to look up positions and comfort measures. You don’t need to suggest anything, just follow their lead.