Hi, I'm Char
I'm a relatively new Doula, in practice for less than a year. I'm also a mom, with one son, who is nine, and in the fourth grade. He's the light of my life, when I'm not trying to throttle him for his latest stunt......
In any case, I've been working pro-bono for the last six months, trying to get enough births to qualify for certification through DONA (Doulas Of North America) International. Certification requires, among other things a minimum of 15 hours spent between three births, only one of which can be a c-section. HOURS I've got.... TONS of hours. 33 at my first birth, 24 at the second 26 at my third.... all at the same hospital, and all c-sections. I'm beginning to feel jinxed. Oh.. and one birth that I was scheduled to be at, that mom didn't bother to call me when she went into labor, because baby was breech, and it would be a c-section.
So I'm scheduled for another birth, at a different hospital this time, in mid-October. I REALLY need this one to go vaginal. Young mom, really wants to educate herself about childbirth, really wants a natural delivery.... If you pray.. pray that all goes well for her, and that she has a NORMAL delivery, please!
OH, BTW, if you are having a baby in the SE WI area, check out http://www.carenetworkwisconsin.org
Lots of great midwives, chiropractors and doulas, including yours truly