Doula Cindy Lamb after another successful birth

Doula Cindy Lamb after another successful birth

A doula is a trained professional who offers emotional and physical support to a mother during and after childbirth. She’s there by your side, doing whatever it takes to keep you calm and focused. The way Louisvillian and doula Cindy Lamb describes it, her role is a necessary part of the experience.

“A doula is a servant, per the Greek origin of the word, and an extra set of hands and a calming presence works in all environments and situations,” she tells Insider. “I work for women delivering at all area hospitals as well as home births. And as a doula, I respect the woman or the couple’s desires for labor and delivery. I provide information and comfort measures for all births — non-medicated, epidural or C-section.”

doula-x650xLamb trained with renowned author and educator Penny Simkin in 1998, and she says each birth she attends is just as special as that very first one she helped with more than 15 years ago.

Lamb started Doulapalooza 12 years ago to unite area doulas and offer expecting mothers or soon-to-be expecting mothers information on the profession. Now, she and a team of volunteers from Birth Care Network help organize the event, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Douglass Loop Farmers Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The free Doulapalooza will feature information booths, children’s activities, live music, refreshments and much more.

In between her clients and freelance writing for various local publications, Lamb answered some very important questions…

What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

The fact that I don’t have one. Yet.

What poster was on your wall in junior high?

Hey, hey, they're The Monkees!

Hey, hey, they’re The Monkees!

Pages of Tiger Beat, Teen and 16 magazines featuring The Monkees. (Mike Nesmith was my fave.) The walls were covered with pictures and marred by tape and tacks. In a pinch, spit would hold a stubborn corner overnight.

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

Change it up a little with a scholastic award — an exemplary youth, chosen by teachers. A high school senior whose compassion and insight will serve both the student and our city well into the future. (I would never have gotten the key that way.)

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

Pepperoni and cheese. Extra of both.

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

38 — Good crossroads year for experience, yet time for more exploration. Fabulous bra size, I might add.

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

John Taylor and Cindy Lamb ... back in the day.

John Taylor and Cindy Lamb … back in the day.

I have to say two because people have asked me for their autographs. Ally Sheedy (many pounds ago) and Duran Duran’s John Taylor (in a darkened Roxy Theater — quite dark).

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

Barack Obama. And the mechanics can take their time.