One more term down in midwifery school. I have officially been a student (BS, LPN, RN, BSN, and now MSN+DNP) for a VERY long time. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to be in school for something I love and am so passionate about. I start clinicals next April, so less than a year from now…if I squint my eyes, I can see the light!
Being a doula has taught me to trust women- to listen to them and believe in their bodies…it has shown me patience, intense joy, and deep sorrow. Being a doula inspired me towards midwifery with the hope of making the world a better place. A path sometimes I can’t even believe I get to be on.
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and hopefully more time with friends & family spent outdoors.
I just wanted to take a moment to explain why I chose the three words that are found under my logo.
- Educate– One of my goals as a doula is to educate women in all aspects of their pregnancy. I am constantly texting with past doula clients about breastfeeding issues that arise or new things I’m learning. I love keeping up to date on new evidence based research on everything regarding birth. Then passing that info on to new moms.
- Empower- This is probably the most important word thus why I put it right smack dab in the middle. In a recent midwifery school presentation we were discussing the word empowerment and how vital it is to new moms during their postpartum period. We can educate all day long, but in order for someone to make a decision they have to feel empowered. Active listening and gentle encouragement can go a long way for a mom who might feel pressured in many directions. My goal is to empower the mom from the soul- to get to the root of what they desire and go from there.
- Support- This is where the idea of a doula comes in. I am your support person or sometimes I like to say “your birth-y best friend.” I am here to unbiasedly support you and your desires. I am on your side.