So last year I wrote a pretty good post on my birthday thinking about where I've come from and where I plan on going. Looking back at this last year I have managed to meet some of the goals I've set for myself and I feel pretty good about it!
The most important of them for me was finishing my Labor Doula training and beginning to attend births. I have had such amazing experiences so far on this journey. It has been a true honor to be a part of the miracle of birth in all it's forms. I've been witness to a baby born drug free while mom used hypnosis, twins born virtually unassisted at home, and a baby born via a cesarean! I've expanded my knowledge and my network tenfold it seems in the last year. Each and every family that invited me into their lives has been a blessing to me. I can only hope that I've been able to give back to them as much as they have given to me.
While I LOVE being a doula I am feeling more and more called to midwifery as a profession. The last few months I've been reading like crazy trying to "know" as much as I can about birth in order to be better informed and prepared to support my doula clients. All of this reading keeps reinforcing the feeling in my heart that I am meant to do more than I am to help women have the births they want. So to that end I'm working slowly on obtaining the text books I need, getting in on as many teaching moments as are offered locally, and looking for ways to expand my knowledge in preparation for taking classes to become a midwife sometime in the near future. That timing is still up in the air a bit though.
With Marc actually having finished his Bachelors Degree this past fall he is actively looking for work back East. (East of the Rockies and South of the Mason/Dixon line if you please) Where we land will have a lot to do with how I go ahead with my schooling, and if I go to nursing school or midwifery school. The midwifery laws very so much from state to state that it really does make a HUGE difference. This factor has also ruled out a few places that we could have looked for work, but due to the fact that home births are illegal I won't live in those locations. (I.E. Illinois, Kentucky, and North Carolina to name a few)
So the next step for me is to work hard on getting my writing/blogging etc in order. I've applied to be a content writer to a couple of websites, and I hope to get some writing gigs to help finance my doula practice! And to that end I also need to finish my website and continue networking in order to bring in clients consistently for my practice. So IF you know of anyone expecting a baby in August or beyond have them surf on over to my availability calender and doula profile on Doula Match and contact me for an interview!
In August I hope to go to instructor training for Dancing For Birth up in Seattle in order to expand my offerings and bring in a bit more revenue. I truly think I'd enjoy teaching this type of childbirth prep class, and it is very very hard to work as a doula full time financially. So many people have no idea what I do still, AND don't realize the value of hiring me. So until those things change I won't be able to make a living at just doing births. I've got some other ideas of how to add value to my practice without adding a lot more time consuming work. We shall see if they pan out or not.
This year has other exciting ventures ahead as well. A trip home with the whole family, training for a 5k, Marc training to do the Portland Triathlon, lot's of camps and hopeful enjoying the Oregon countryside as much as possible.
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