This bittersweet story demonstrates how two cultures clash on the issue of birth. Sokol describes the experience of attending a Ukrainian couple’s birth in a birth house as a doula-in-training. This piece is one of four articles in this issue describing different aspects of birth in Ukraine.
Anne Sokol, missionary in Kiev, Ukraine, is finishing up her doula/childbirth educator certification with Charis Childbirth. She’s conducted two conferences for mothers and homebirth midwives so far, trying to promote better birth options for women. Also, she is the director of Mother’s Hope, a home for women in crisis pregnancies. Her amazing husband, Vitaliy, is a Ukrainian pastor and they have two young, homebirthed daughters. You can learn more about her and birth in Ukraine at her blog www.birthinukraine.wordpress.com.