Teen Doula Helps Teen Moms with Labor and DeliveryWendyM
MTV has had a huge splash with Teen Mom – for better or for worse – but one teenager is looking to make an impact in young moms’ lives by volunteering as a birth doula.
Seventeen-year-old Allie Sakowicz, who has aspirations to become a doctor, spent her summer volunteering at a maternity ward in Illinois. Sakowicz worked as a doula who focused on helping teen moms with labor and delivery.
Allie shared, “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was 9 years old.” Her mother, Catherine, added, “Allie never wanted to play with Barbie dolls. She wanted a stethoscope.”
Sakowicz said she had an interest in helping with labor and delivery after she saw a show about doulas when she was 13 or 14. She explains, “I realized that this was a way that I could make a difference because as a teenager, I have a unique perspective that can help young moms.”
As a teenager, Sakowica helps teen moms who may “have trouble communicating what they want or don’t want. When you’re a teen mom in labor, your voice can get lost in the process.”
Allie says that being a teenager gives her an advantage with young moms because”They aren’t as embarrassed to talk to me about certain things as they might be with an older doula. I have both a friendship and a professional relationship with young moms.”
Sakowicz is working towards becoming a certified doula with DONA International and has completed the requirements of written work, instruction, evaluations and, most notably, serving as a primary doula for births.
Allie hopes to become an obstetrician, noting, “There’s absolutely nothing like witnessing a new life come into the world. It’s an indescribable feeling and it’s something that I look forward to experiencing the rest of my life.”