The birth of Ivy was beautiful, and a learning experience for me, as it was my first birth as a doula.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this sweet family, through prenatal visits, the birth, and a visit after the birth (baby snuggles!). Birth is an intimate experience, so I spent many hours with this family before their birth. Before I get into that, I want to share a little about my doula training!
I did my training with Carrie Kenner (https://bigbellyservices.com/advanced-doula-training/), down in Seattle, Wa. It was a seven week course, with a small group of amazing people. I am going back for a training this Wednesday, because there is always more to learn!
The doula course was much more extensive than I was expecting. I wasn’t expecting to go into so much detail about the physical and hormonal process that happens during pregnancy and labor/delivery. It was so educational, and I really appreciated her thoroughness. We also spent a lot of time learning about some of the statistics on childbirth, epidurals, cesareans, and so much more. I could probably write so much more on this, but that is another blog post for another time!
There is something very interesting that I want to share, though. There was a study done, where moms wrote their birth stories years and years after giving birth, and the thing they remembered most, was how they were treated. That is hugely important to be aware of when being present at a birth. I take that part in my role very seriously, and I hope that above all else, my clients feel cared for.