I'm Starting a Blog!
Before becoming a doula I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. In middle school I had two amazing English teachers who changed the way I thought about writing. Throughout high school and college I participated in journalism and wrote short stories, along with all my essays, of course. I eventually completed my Bachelor's degree in English Literature, Theory, and Criticism and minored in Education. I got my substitute teaching credential and taught English and ASL at the high school level. When I decided to get pregnant, I continued to think that I would go back to school for my teaching credential and Master's in Education. Life has a funny way of changing our path, doesn't it?
When my son, Oliver, was born in 2019 my life completely changed. I decided to be a stay at home mom for at least the first year of his life before going back to school. Then when he was 8 months old, Covid hit. Schools closed, teachers and students went to virtual learning, and unfortunately it was a mess for many teachers, students, and parents alike. Tensions ran high and the environment often became hostile. It was in that moment that I decided I didn't want to go back to teaching, but I wasn't quite sure yet what I wanted to do instead. With Covid, I had a while to think it over.
Toward the end of 2020 it finally hit me. I had spent so much time mulling over my birth experience and being disappointed in how it turned out. Some of it was traumatic and I wish I'd had a doula to help me navigate certain situations and take the time to talk things through and make decisions in my own time. After nearly a year and a half of working through my experience, I finally realized that I wanted to be that person for someone else. The person who holds space, educates, listens, and supports those going through the same thing I did. I developed such a passion for pregnancy, birth, and lactation during my own experience and I didn't even notice that I had already started my doula journey just by talking to people and making recommendations when asked. So at the beginning of 2021 I signed myself up for birth doula training and began putting my words of encouragement and recommendations into action.
I've now been a practicing doula for nearly a year and a half and I've learned so much. I've supported families physically, emotionally, and with education, and have witnessed some of the most intimate moments of their lives. I've been honored to be their doula and even capture their transformations in photos. When I look back to my middle and high school years I never dreamed of being a doula. But I did always want to start a blog. In fact, I've tried and failed at least twice in the last decade. I guess I just never had the right subject to capture my interest enough--I do now. Here's to hoping that this one sticks!