Friday, September 28, 2007

More Music than Doula

So, the birth scheduled for mid Oct. has decided she really doesn't want a doula after all. It's pro-bono work, so it's not a loss of income, but it is the loss of an opportunity to certify. :(

I'm disappointed, but life goes on. I'm doing some post-partum work, and some babysitting in the meantime, and trying to build the business. Has anyone noticed that many of the grocery store bulletin boards have gone away? That used to be a great spot for free advertising.

On the music front, Life is about to get extremely busy...... I sing with the Wisconsin Cream City Chorus and we are about to open the season with a benefit concert for Camp Heartland called Diamonds in the Heartland, at the Unitarian Universalist Church West in Brookfield, WI.

I also sing in the Chancel Choir at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church (ELCA), where we sing almost every Sunday, and we have a Christmas Concert coming up in December.

I'm also working with a group called Synergicity. No concerts set as yet, but stay tuned!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Getting Started

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!



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