I loved that job, and the people I worked for and with. I eventually went full time, working at a day program with my individuals on physical and educational goals. Through my case work, I found out that some of the disabilities my individuals lived with were directly related to their traumatic births. When I eventually started a family of my own, I was determined to research all of my birth options. I hoped that I could find a way to stack the odds in my favor of having a non-traumatic birth for my baby. I decided on Bradley Natural Childbirth classes when the time came. The techniques for relaxation, along with the knowledge about what my body was doing during labor (and why!) were instrumental to both of my births. And the reading and research we were encouraged to do firmly solidified me as an official “Birth Nerd.” Even when I wasn't pregnant, I read everything I could get my hands on about birth, our bodies, and the medical system.
The natural next step, as my children grew older, was to start working as a doula. First I started doulaing only for students. It was a great way to ease into the profession; working with folks I already knew well, and who I knew were educated about the process. After attending my first birth January 6, 2015, I was hooked! What better way to influence the next generation than by helping it come into the world!?! I joined Heart to Heart later that year, and expanded to non-student clients. I am thrilled with the variety of clients, families, and care providers I have been able to work with. Every birth, no matter the birth vision, how long the birth, or the eventual birth method, has been amazing. I can't see the next 15 years, but I'm willing to bet it will be filled with doula babies