Even before I was pregnant with my first child, I researched everything. I was living in Japan at the time, and I wanted to know as much information about what I was getting myself into as I could, and I wanted a broad understanding of as many things related to birth as I could find. While I felt prepared when I went into labor with my son, I still felt there was so much more I could have done.
When I found myself pregnant again, this time in the US, I again felt the need to research, prepare, and practice for a whole different birth experience. After my daughter’s birth, I felt I had learned all these skills but was disappointed that I had no practical outlet for this information anymore.
Which brought on the next round of research: doula training programs. After months of lurking, I decided to sign up for Bebo Mia‘s Maternal Support Practitioner (doula) training. I am trained in fertility, birth, and postpartum support. While I am just beginning my work as a doula, I am excited to share and learn with the Portland-Vancouver Community.