Monday, May 31, 2010

I'll never be able to figure it out.....

I decided to take on two clients in the month of April that were due 3 days apart. For a doula with no back up, that is like playing with fire. The second client just had to know if I was with the first client, I would be unable to attend her birth. My "3rd client" and one of my best friends was due June 13th, but we actually thought it would be more around June 17th (my tenth anniversary!!). Well as of right now, my "2nd client" had her baby weeks ago, my "1st client" is a week overdue and going to be induced in the morning and my "3rd client" is in early labor RIGHT NOW! I would have never thought the "competition" would have been between my "1st" and "3rd" clients! I have long ago realized I can't figure out when women will go into labor and just when I think I do, I am wrong. So I am sitting at home right now, not with either one of them and wondering how in the world this is all going to play out. To be continued.....

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"No one could ever explain what this feels like."

What I will remember most about this birth is this mom's words after meeting her son for the first time. We had a long, long night and it was exhausting to all of us. There are actually not that many births that I miss an entire night's sleep, but this was one of them. After 26 hours, this precious boy was born and it was pure love these parents had for their child. I have never attended a birth where I didn't think there was pure love, but something about this birth seemed different.
I also absolutely love to capture images of a woman in labor. There is such beauty in the work they are doing. In this birth, dad was so very attentive to her needs and really knew his wife. Some question if my role as a doula is to replace the father and that couldn't be further from my desire. At the end of the day, I desire for the husband and wife to have grown closer through the birth of their child and help dads be helpful to their wives. This dad knew she liked to have her hair brushed, I didn't have a clue. He knew by a look on her face what she was saying, I didn't.
Another wonderful birth written in my heart and mind, have I ever told you how much I love my job?!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Nice Change

My dear friend, Andrea, and I have been through a lot together in the past year and a half. Her precious son, Jones, was in an accident and suffered traumatic brain injury. We spent many nights together at UNC's PICU. Those were some of the hardest nights of my life. I had never so intimately walked with someone whose child was close to death. But today was different, it was the birth of her 6th child and 4th baby boy. What a joy it was to be with her on this special day and be able to rejoice together in new life!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! What an amazing experience to get to be with women as they enter motherhood! 3 births for the month of May, it is going to be busy but wonderful.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

a doula and a doctor

We will be leaving in the morning to go to Blake's graduation from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. Rylen was super pumped his daddy was going to be a doctor until he found out the kind of doctor his dad will be doesn't wear scrubs. I think it would be kind of funny for Blake to preach next Sunday in scrubs to celebrate becoming Dr. Dempsey! I am very proud of B and all his hard work over the last four years. It hasn't always been easy, but he has persevered and it is over! Looking forward to posting a picture of his big day and proud this doula will be married to a doctor!

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