Tuesday, January 19, 2010

When I grow up...

I think I have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I know, I know...aren't I already grown up? Thing is, I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life other than I wanted to be a wife and a stay at home mom. I am so blessed to be living that out right now and boy am I thankful! But I never really had any desire to study anything...never felt passionate enough about something that it drove me to want to learn more and get training or schooling. That's all changed tho....I think I have FINALLY found what I want to do when I grow up!
I want to be a doula! Yup, that's right, a doula! Before I had my boys I never knew what a doula was....never even heard of such a thing in fact. When I was pregnant I knew of them but never understood what they did. Finally I did some research and discovered that this is exactly what I want to do!
A doula is a trained labor coach. She is a source of information, support and comfort for a pregnant woman and her spouse. A doula will meet with her clients prior to the birth of their child, be there with them thru the labor and delivery, and even provide postpartum care as well. Some people may wonder why on earth would I want to go thru that experience time and time again when I've already gone thru the birth of my own three boys. Truth is that I want to be a help. Not every woman has a great support system. Not every woman is educated on their birth options. I want to help empower these mothers by helping them know as much as they can about their pregnancy and how they can achieve the birth that they want.
I can honestly say this is the first time I have ever felt so strongly about wanting to do something. It is truly a fire in my heart and I hope I can keep it lit and burning strong to push me on. I am already reading as much as I can to start educating myself. Even reading the little I have I am so encouraged and inspired!