A few years ago I went to college to study psychology and minor in deaf studies; two short years later, with bachelors degree in hand, I went on to graduate school to study social work with the dream of being a trauma therapist. I loved learning, school was amazing, and I truly wanted to help people. Turns out that while I love working with people, being a therapist is not my calling in life.
The opportunity to attend a birth support workshop caught my attention and I came alive at that conference. I finally understood that this was how I am supposed to help women and their families. After the conference I could not get the idea of being a birth worker out of my head, and I began researching different avenues for working with this amazing population. I looked for the better part of a year and once I learned what it meant to be a doula I knew I found my place! I searched and eventually found www.birthlearning.com and signed up for their Advanced Doula Training which provides a twelve week course on all things doula related. The doulas that teach the class (Robynne Carter and Angie Rosier) have 30 years combined experience and a deep well of knowledge to teach from. I graduated that course having shadowed home and hospital births, have a doula bag filled with tricks and techniques, and ready to leave their nest and fly (or doula!) on my own.
And now I am the owner of International Doula Service, a privately owned doula business ready and eager to help new and experienced mamas alike as they welcome their new addition into the world. My ultimate career dream is to travel the world experiencing birth in various cultures, to learn the history and richness of this powerful experience, and to eventually write a book documenting my tales; maybe I will title the book "Birthing Around the World." For now though I will experience all I can, help women and families have the best experiences they can, and continue writing my thoughts, experiences, and things that are near and dear to my heart.
Love you all! And thank you for reading.