Sitting in a college class at the University of Hawaii almost 10 years ago my professor showed everyone "The Business of Being Born" and urged us all men and women if and when we or our partner became pregnant HIRE A DOULA!
I didn't understand at the time. I was young. I didn't know that pregnancy and motherhood weren't that far off, and indeed, I should have hired a Doula. I read Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth and I thought I was prepared. I had my partner there and my two best friends to get me water and rub my legs and back. In reality, we were all under-prepared. Though I had a wonderful unmedicated birth and a successful start to breastfeeding, I still compare my first birth to the wonderful support and compassion from my Doula during the birth of my second child and I wonder what if...
After my second child was born a passion was ignited in me and I started my crazy journey into the birth world. I attended my first DONA class in 2013. I used the Hypnobabies® self-study program during the birth of my second child. During my DONA certification process I attended a live Hypnobabies® class for expecting couples. In March of 2017 I completed my Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula training course to become a Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Doula.
In the midst of all that I have been raising my two beautiful boys. When they were smaller I enjoyed cloth diapering and baby-wearing. Nowadays I enjoy yoga, sewing, hiking, trying new recipes, using essential oils, and talking to others about the joys of birth and breastfeeding.