Amy Schumer Opens Up About How a Doula Helped Her Through Her Complicated Pregnancy
She took to Instagram to thank those who have supported her throughout the last nine months.
Last week, Amy Schumer announced the birth of her baby boy with a hilarious nod to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big baby news earlier in the day. But recently, the actress put all jokes aside and took to Instagram to talk about how complicated her pregnancy really was—and to thank the people who helped her get through it.
"Ok here's my post-baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy," she wrote on Instagram. "Women are the sh*t. Men are cool and whatever but women are f**king warriors and capable of anything."
ICYDK, Schumer suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during her pregnancy, an intense form of morning sickness that usually leads to "extreme nausea and vomiting," according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. While 85 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness, only 2 percent have HG, Jessie Rubin, M.D., an OB-GYN in Houston, Texas, told Parents. If you remember, Dutchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton had it, too; she was hospitalized during each of her three pregnancies. (Related: How to Treat Hyperemesis Gravidarum During Pregnancy)
"I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy," Schumer wrote. "Hyperemesis is real and it's awful. But f**k, what they say is true. The second you give birth it's gone." Throughout her pregnancy, Schumer opened up about how debilitating her HG really was. She shared videos of herself vomiting in a car, and she even had to cancel a part of her comedy tour because of her illness.
That's why she was so grateful for her doula, Domino Kirke, who helped her get through the complications she suffered over the past nine months.
After admitting she wasn't entirely sure what doulas actually do, Schumer explained how Kirke helped her and her husband, Chris Fischer "feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process." And that is exactly what doulas do.
Doulas are professionally trained in childbirth; they're there to provide "emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth," according to the American Pregnancy Association.
Basically, a doula can help the mother have a safe, empowering birthing experience by developing an active role in her birth plan and establishing a relationship that allows her to feel comfortable asking questions and expressing her fears or concerns.
"I really recommend getting one if you can," Schumer wrote.
Schumer also took a moment to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and medical staff that helped her during labor and delivery. She even gave shoutouts to both the HER Foundation—a grassroots organization dedicated to helping those with HG— as well as a nonprofit called Every Mother Counts, which raises money to support maternal health programs around the world.
At the end of her post, Schumer shared how appreciative she was for the friends who've had her back over the past nine months. "Friends I've had for 30 years or people who encouraged me to 'keep going' or telling me 'it will be worth it'. Every woman I encountered is so willing to help and advise you and I felt all their strength. And you were right," she wrote. "Thank you ladies from my family. Chris, Gene and of course Tatiana #titsleaking #wearingadiaper." (Tatiana is Schumer's dog, BTW.)
Schumer is strong as hell for making it through such a tough pregnancy, but she deserves major props for giving a platform to those who have supported her and to those who continue to support maternal health across the globe.