Wednesday 8 May 2013
Soon, I will be a "real" doula!
Your mom is freaking excited!
My very first client will soon be in labor as her due date is May 18th. I have a mini "heart attack" every time my cell phone rings!
I completed my training a few months ago and I immediately started to give prenatal classes to two lovely couples. I had a real blast creating all my documents and, to be honest, I think that I'm doing a great job transmitting my passion and knowledge regarding childbirth, breastfeeding, post-natal care, etc. That being said, I realized that active listening will be my best friend and that it is very wise to carefully select what to say because there is such a thing as over communicating.
Of course, sharing theoretical information is fun but what I love the most is to empower future parents by slowly making them realized that they naturally have the abilities to embark on this amazing adventure. The little knowing glances between them as they get more confident is such a rewarding gift.
At the end of each prenatal meeting, I always thank them to include me and trust me, a perfect stranger when you think about it, during that very intimate moment...a moment when women (and men) are vulnerable yet extremely powerful.
Alice, you are not a baby anymore but you are still my little girl so please forgive me if one morning you wake up in the family bed and the "boobies" are absent. I know that you won't appreciate this situation (and that your father is scared shitless of this very precise moment) but I wanted you to know that your mom is having (well, I hope) a wonderful time and that you will have all the "lait de maman" that you want when I get back home...probably extremely tired but totally amazed by the miracle of childbirth.
note: picture and business card from the lovely Bess!