We’re moving into fall, one of my favorite seasons! I’m ready for blankets, jammies, and hot things to drink(heading towards fall has also helped dull the pain of no more Game of Thrones for two years). 🙁 😉
Summer of 2017 has been a pretty great season in my doula year. In the last 4 weeks I’ve attended births in hospitals, a birth center and a home water birth. I feel like I have the most interesting and exciting job(so much to learn and do!), although for me, the best part is seeing families feeling great about their birth experiences. Empowered, supported birth experiences help make parents more confident and their families stronger. Doulas make a difference, in more ways than we might sometimes realize.
I’m meeting this week to collaborate with an IBCLC and another doula buddy to work on a more comprehensive handout for my breastfeeding clients. I believe that as a birth and postpartum doula, I can be doing more to help clients succeed in their stated breastfeeding goals. With so much time for interaction, we have such an opportunity to help them have an experience they feel reflects their values and hopes for infant feeding. This should be available to my clients in the coming weeks. I’m really excited!
I’ve also connected recently with another IBCLC(hopefully more info coming soon!) to help teen moms meet their stated breastfeeding goals. As a former teen mom myself, I remember vividly the contradictions and challenges that arose for me and for my baby. Helping ALL parents feel supported and cared for is incredibly important to me.
My other big, new adventure is working as a birth assistant with Deb Fiore, CNM at Carrboro Midwifery . Our first client gave birth in July and is now a happy, healthy 8 week old! Being a birth assistant not only gives me whole new set of skills, it allows me to better understand the birthing process and medical recommendations of care providers. Even though the scope of practice is very different, I have noticed that being a birth assistant has made me a better doula, and vice versa.
My husband and I are looking forward to a couple of days at the beach with friends this weekend. I’m off call for just enough time for a mini vacation and some autumn ocean breezes. I hope you and yours are having a wonderful 2017, and are enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am!