Day 31: We've Reached the End!
Looking back over all these guest posts for May, I am in awe of the collective wisdom, courage, and ingenuity shared either by doulas, or about doulas. I remember once having a conversation with my oldest son. He was very young, and he and a neighbor boy got into a little spat. Frustrated, my boy called this other little guy "dumb." We had a conversation about this. "Everyone knows different things. Some people are good at math. Some people are good at riding bikes. Some people are good at making friends. Some people are good at cooking. Everyone has something they know or can do that makes them smart, the key is figuring that out. So you see, no one is dumb."
I have a belief that everyone has something incredible to share that the rest of us can learn from. Even when we think there is nothing interesting about us -- no talents to display, no skills to speak of, no formal education, nothing that makes us special -- there is always something. It has been such a privilege to solicit some of these stories from specific people -- knowing a bit about them. I was able to suggest topics I knew writers had experience with. I was convinced the stories were there, and by asking or suggesting, these moms and doulas (and one dad!) came up with beautiful true tales of healing, of love, of overcoming obstacles and families coming together -- doulas supporting, and doulas being supported. I truly did little more than ask.
A few of these posts were already written before I came along begging, but the majority of them were created just to be shared here, and I hope those doulas and moms continue to write, because you have words and experiences of value and interest! Occasionally I had to fill in the gaps, and this was also fun, pushing myself to create content! The Birth Footprint essay had been sitting in my drafts file for months, maybe even a year, and I had been stuck with it, so the pressure to fill a spot on the calendar got that finished. I know some doulas still intend to share their stories, and as they come to me, I am happy to add them as guest posts here and there.
At this point, I feel I am out of words! I can only say amazing so many times to describe this project. I am grateful for all I learned. I am grateful for the help you gave when you participated. I appreciate the time it takes to dig deep, sort, and get it all out on the computer screen. Thank you. I have learned so, so much from all of you.
All you Doulas out there, keep loving and serving families and being shaped by your experiences. And when you get a few minutes, don't forget to
5/31/2014 02:57:28 am
Melanie, thank your for sharing that with us. Not only is the info helpful for moms, but I think it also shows how you can branch out to better serve moms and babies if you are feeling stuck as a doula, or you just want to try something new. You opened my eyes, as well, being the second day -- I still wasn't sure how the journey would go or what should be included. Thank you! Keep up the great work :).
Thank you, Stacie, for hosting such an amazing celebration of one of the most wonderful professions. It was a fantastic journey to read through all of these stories. It is a testament to the awesome work you ladies do and the impact you have on so many families.
5/31/2014 02:59:44 am
Falen, I am so grateful you had the insight to offer your piece for Mother's Day! Again, I threw this together fast, kind of deciding the last day of April I was going to try this, and I had no ideas about special posts for special days. Your post and your mom's were just perfect for Mother's Day -- I am thrilled you both were able to share them with us.
5/30/2014 11:23:29 pm
Thanks so much Stacie!! I really enjoyed our conversations and support you gave me. Your a fabulous writer and I'm glad to have met you! Thank you so much for spending time talking with me and encouraging me❤️
5/31/2014 05:28:47 am
Your post received the most traffic of anyones! It showed me people are interested in our struggles, inspired by seeing us meet our goals, and strengthened by example. I can't wait to hear more from you!
6/1/2014 08:45:43 am
Thank you so much for extending the opportunity to share my story of rebirthing. Before this, I had not thought about blogging, but putting it down on paper brought back all of the wonderful feelings that I experienced that day.
6/2/2014 07:56:00 am
Hi Stacie! I loved that you took on this project and did it so well! I was honored to be apart of it and grateful that you found inspiration in my story! Thank you so much for including me in your month of the doula celebration!
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