The seed for my path to doula-hood was planted while reading a fictional book that just barely mentioned doula, midwifery and birth stuff. Near the time of reading this book, THREE coworkers became pregnant. Through our conversations and my attempt to help connect them with info on doula care, I developed a rapport with a Carriage House Doula. At some point, I had picked her brains so intensely she finally said, "Are you happy in your life and job? Do you want to be a doula?"
I took a leap and completed the DONA doula training and eventually trained and certified with Doula Training International. The childbirth education intensive I offer was born out of the DTI training.
My doula philosophy is that no one thing is going to work for every body. This is why education is so incredibly important and regardless of whether a client has taken a childbirth course of not, I pack my prenatals with as much information as possible. I also recognize that in the confusion and sureness of pregnancy and birth, it's important to ground the process with humor so it can still be enjoyable and even fun. I don't see the doula role as a rescuer, but as that of a person who is there to slow down the conversation and give you a chance to process the events as they unfold and make informed decision that feel right to you all along the way.
For me, being a doula is an honor and privilege and I feel so grateful to the families that have welcomed me into their experience.