Ladies........ I'm going to become a doula! Specifically a postpartum doula as I cannot be a labor doula and attend births at the drop of a hat just yet. As a PP doula I can schedule visits with families so it is more ideal. I really want to support military families whose husbands are deployed, families giving up their baby through adoption and even stillbirth, as well as anyone in between. Postpartum doulas take care of the family after the birth with baby care, lactation education and also the mental/emotional state of the mother. There are many benefits to having a doula which I found to be best outlined at Birth Faith.
Doulas are not medical professionals. They're more like a guiding hand and they are not just there for the mom. Think back to the day when you brought your firstborn home and how you were anxious, nervous and thought you were doing it all wrong. The PP doula is that calm during the storm. We provide insight but never tell families what to do. It's almost like being a personal friend and birth/newborn encyclopedia at the same time. We provide information and the families take that information to make informed choices.
Part of my training will include lactation education (NOT a lactation consultant but I might work on that one later; trainings are several hundreds of dollars so I can't do it all at once). I do want to become a labor doula when my kids are older. Childbirth educator is also on my list of trainings to attend. In fact I'm kind of torn between childbirth education and the PP doula as my first training; I have to pick one.
When I was a child I always said that I wanted to be a mommy when I grew up... and a teacher. I just didn't know at the time that educating women on birth options was going to be the way I'd go. Amazing how we truly grow into ourselves as time goes on and we develop passion.
And now... Judah's 4-month photos!!!
His cute owl hat!
Always sucking and chomping on his fingers
Almost as big as his 2-year-old sister!
He looks most like Elaina's baby pics!
I love how he holds his hands all the time!
"Yeah, I know I'm cute!"
Busting at the seams!
Sweetest wittle face!!!
Nonna made the blanket; his middle name is Isaac which means Laughter
"You don't say!"
Just a happy pic of the happy boy!