Apr. 17, 2009

I'm pleased to announce...

I'm going to be a Doula!

I'm so excited! I am going to get my Birth Doula & Post Partum Doula Certificate.
It is quite the process, but one that I've wanted to do for a long time!
Some reading this right now are scratching their head repeating to themselves,
'Doula? Doula? What the jiggers is a Doula?'

'Doula' comes from the Greek and literally translates 'mothers servant'
Also called a birth or labor coach.
A Doula is a mothers mother. Their job is solely to care for the mother during the birth.

Here is the description from the DONA website:

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decision
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman's memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman's partner to participate at his/her comfort level
A Postpartum Doula
  • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

Here are some statistics.
  • 50% reduction in the cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
So, we are leaving for Montreal & Toronto May 12th and will be gone for 10 days. When I get home, I'm going to begin. The way that it works is you register with DONA and then you have 2 years to complete all of the requirements for certification. So I will be reading up a storm. Much of the requirements are a lot of reading...I have 15 books in total.

I'm really excited for the challenge and looking forward to finally having a career that I know I will love for a long, long time! :)

Apr. 15, 2009


Hi friends!
I'm back and full of things to share! I missed you terribly!
I have to tell you some things I've experienced, some funny stories and lots of pictures!
Its been a few weeks of contemplating life, career, goals, etc... (hence the above photo), but its been good for me. I will share more later

One thing I've learned these last few weeks:
'Don't you dare try to put a ceiling on who you can become!
When you do that,
you stop growing, learning, trying and eventually living!'

I'm glad to be back! Love you guys!