I haven't talked much on this blog about my obsession with pregnancy, birth and nursing, but I would like to share a little. I delivered my first baby at a hospital with an epidural and the next 3 at a birthing center (no epidural). I have always been pretty fascinated with the whole experience. I really wanted to be a part of a delivery that wasn't mine, so I started to let other women come and be part of my delivery. You know, kind of a "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours" deal. It worked. Soon afterward, I was able to witness the birthing process of a friend of mine. I loved the experience so much, I kept asking my friends if I could attend.
Well, it turns out that I actually was helpful during labor. I really enjoy helping the mother carry out her birth plan and remind her that she has choices in her medical care (you don't have to do everything they think you should). I also love being a birthing coach and assisting in the relaxation and focusing during the pain of labor. Amazingly, I started to gain a little bit of a reputation. This is good news to me because I just keep getting the opportunity to be a part of one of God's most awesome miracles!
Now that I realize what a passion this is of mine, I am planning on becoming licensed to be a doula once my children are a little bit older.
It is amazing to me how different and incredible every birth experience is.
Well, I said all that to say this, my most recent opportunity to be involved in this journey was yesterday with my friend Kelly. To read the whole story, you'll have to check out her blog and give her a big congratulations!! The baby is adorable and she did incredible!!