You may be surprised to find out that I have decided on a career change.
Surprising? Yes. because currently I am living my dream job as a stay-at-home-momma. How, and why would I ever want to change that career?
But this new endeavor is a great compliment to being my baby's mama.
I am in the process of becoming a certified...... DOULA!
I can't even tell you how excited I am about this.
For those of you who don't know, a doula is basically someone who provides continual physical, emotional, and informational support to the laboring mother and husband before, during, and after birth. A doula also helps the husband or birth partner assist the mother.
I thought that one would just use a doula if they had decided on an unmediated birth. But apparently doula's are wonderful no matter the circumstances even in c-section deliveries. When I thought about it I realized you have your husband but he is probably as afraid as you are, after all it's his wife and baby undergoing major surgery. So how comforting it would be to have someone there that you trusted that could talk you through what was happening, help keep you calm and relaxed.
I have to thank my friend, Jennie Taylor, she let me assist her and her husband in the birth of their baby recently . I came home and for three days that's all I talked about. Trevor finally said, "Why don't you just become a doula?"
What? I was taken aback.
It was so simple.
Why didn't I think of that?
Why don't I become a doula?
For a few days I thought about it, discussed with Trevor what it would mean for our family. Researched what it would take to become certified.
Then made the decision.
Oh the incredible joy and excitement I felt.
The birth process is, I think, the most awe inspiring thing in this world.
It is an experience that is incredibly physical, intensely emotional, and overwhelmingly spiritual all at the same time.
It does not matter if it's natural or with an epidural, vaginally or with a cesarian section, at home or in a hospital.
Every woman is different, every pregnancy is different, every birth and baby is different. But each birth has the ability to bring us closer to God, our husbands, our babies, and even ourselves.
I cannot wait to help women bring their babies into this world. If I can make the birth experience that much better for someone, what an amazing achievement that would be.