Friday, March 10, 2017

Surely She’ll be too Busy to Investigate. Won’t She?

By Summer of Tracy Weber's A Fatal Twist
Hi everyone!  Summer here from Tracy Weber’s A Fatal Twist.  Tracy asked me to chat with you about being a doula, both because World Doula Week starts in twelve days, and because I’m an important character in her newest Downward Dog Mystery, A Fatal Twist.  In Tracy’s newest book, Kate—her yoga teacher/sleuth heroine—is training to be a doula for the birth of her best friend Rene’s twins. Of course, nothing goes according to plan whenever Kate is involved, and while she’s touring a new birthing facility, she stumbles across the body of a murdered fertility doctor, Dr. Richard Jones—AKA Dr. Dick.  When Kate sees one of her favorite yoga students fleeing the scene, well, you know she has to get involved.

I’ve been a doula for significantly more years than I care to admit, which means I’ve seen hundreds of babies make their way into this world.  Women have been giving birth as long as the human race has been in existence.  Over ninety-nine percent of the time, the process is challenging but uncomplicated. That other one percent?  Well, let’s just say I’ve had some tough days at the office.

But I wouldn’t trade my profession for anything.  I even train other women to be doulas, which is
how I met Kate. 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the important work of a doula, it’s not all that mysterious.  According to the American Pregnancy Association:  A doula is a professional trained in childbirth who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is experiencing labor, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, memorable, and empowering birthing experience.” 

If what I’ve heard about Kate and her friend Rene is correct, “memorable” will be the least of their problems. I just hope that Kate doesn’t stick her nose into Dr. Dick’s murder.  He and I have more of a past than Kate needs to know about. Surely, she’ll be too busy placating Rene to investigate. 

Won’t she?

For more information on World Doula Week, check out

Tracy Weber’s author page

Catch up on all four of the Downward Dog Mysteries.  Available at booksellers everywhere!

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