Becoming a Doula

I have always been a nurturer since I was little. Whether it be my twin baby dolls who were carefully bottle fed and diapered many times or as I always seemed to hover and care for all three of my brothers even though one was older than me.

It grew even more after watching Dr. Quinn as a teenager and secretly writing in my journal to one day name a little girl Michaela, because I loved the strong, free woman she portrayed. Once married I was already feeling the itch to become a mom and knew I would always be a young mom.

After our first pregnancy ended in miscarriage and the poor experience we had with the doctor office we decided to search out a midwife and just go for a consultation. The first time we went to her office it was in her basement and it was warm, cozy and welcoming. So different than the doctor office previously visited. We were instantly taken once meeting Peggy. She was sweet, kind, soft spoken but strong on what she believed in.

I have always been drawn to pregnancy and birth, hence the reason I worked at a doctor office and OB/GYN as a teenager. I couldn't get enough of the medical terminology, growing bellies and the amazing and beautiful experience each woman has with each birth.

After two successful births at home and at my midwife's birth center I secretly began looking up midwife training and then came upon a doula. I kept reading more and more about it and all the papers, posts, books, etc were what I couldn't keep my hands off.

Now that the boys are at an age where it is easier for Josh to work from home if need be while watching them I have decided to plunge into doula training! I have started the eagerly exciting process of becoming a certified doula through DONA. I am attending a doula training workshop in a few short weeks and can't wait! It's been a true passion of mine for so long and it's so exhilarating to see it more clearly now.

So in the months to come you might see little updates and posts about what I'm learning and up to with becoming a doula! I can't wait to meet all of the women I cross paths with and that He puts in my path. It will truly be an experience I will cherish for years.


2 comments:

  1. Awesome! I took the plunge two years ago and it has been everything I had hoped for. Being on call is a wee bit stressful, but other than that it really is the perfect job. Good luck!

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