The phone rings at 7:30 – I am still asleep. A midwife-friend asks if I can come help a couple birth their baby. I shower, grab my bag, kiss my baby and husband, and head up the hill.
With my first child, I had no idea there was such a thing as a doula -- I had never heard the word. With my second, we moved while I was 7 months pregnant, and I had since learned what a doula was; as I was away from home and family, I thought about finding a doula to help me through that birth, but in the end, the fear of the cost left my husband and I on our own again. With my third child, I finally decided I deserved a doula! As a doula, I knew I needed to put my money where my mouth was and be sure I had a doula present to help me through my labor.
Yesterday many of my doula friends and I got to hang out at an Expo that is unique to our city (and to think, one of my LLL moms has put this expo all together!). We hosted a doula booth, and the weather, company, and crowds were all delightful. I hung out with Bonnie, Jarynna, Serra, Misha, Amy, and perhaps the newest doula to our community, Emily (who we all love now, thanks Emily!). We participated in a doula panel where families were free to ask whatever questions about doulas they wanted to know. Later, there was a homebirth-midwife panel, so we also got to see Dena and Paula.
Teri at Passion for Birth held a contest a few weeks back asking the question, "Why I Became a Childbirth Educator." Guess what? I was one of the winners! As a winner, you get to select one of three prizes, Teri's Idea Box or Staying Energized, which are full of fabulous ideas for creative teaching, or her Trust Birth Poster (which I chose, as I already bought the other two when I first began teaching!).
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)