I am very excited to finally announce that I am in the midst of my training to become a Certified Labor Doula. I have been planning, researching, and spending many sleepless nights deciding on this new venture. As many of you know, I have my B.A. in English and I was teaching at the local high school before I got pregnant. Since having my son and making the ultimate decision to be a SAHM, I have been mulling over the idea of finally becoming a doula. I have always had an overwhelming urge to become a Labor and Delivery RN, but going for my RN with a 7mo old baby in tow proved to be be a little difficult.
I had always loved the idea of a doula, even though I never used one. I had an amazing midwife, who acted as my OB/GYN and doula all wrapped into one gentle, nurturing, compassionate, comforting woman. After my birth I said to myself I want to be her. No, I do not want to be a Midwife, because that would mean many years of schooling, but I wanted to be that woman who supported mothers and fathers during labor. I think that is what I wanted most out of being a Labor and Delivery nurse.
As the urge to become a doula grew stronger and stronger I did what I do best. I researched. I made checklists. I compared certifying organizations. Out of the three big organizations (CAPPA, DONA, and CBI) I finally decided on Childbirth International (CBI) to be certified through. I love their holistic approach and how they place more emphasis on communication with the mother, building trust, and a more natural approach to child birth. It has proven to be a perfect fit!
I am starting to build a website now and have ordered my business cards. And I already have a potential expectant mother lined up! I can not put into words how excited I am!
My New Business Card