I knew I wanted to do something in the Birth world from when I was about 20 years old. I did not know what yet, but had been thinking about Homebirth Midwifery for some time. I was in school in Colorado becoming a certified Herbalist when I attended a conference for midwives. It was in their discussion that I realized I did not want to be on the clinical side of birth. So now what? I thought about going to school to become a Labor and Delivery nurse, but that also didn’t fit exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to support, encourage, and help empower but did not know if that role existed. I was also busy finishing my herbal studies and obtaining my BA through the off campus program from Goddard College, so I didn’t put much more thought into where exactly I could go with this passion for some time. Eventually I stumbled upon the term "Doula" and I was thrilled to find that there was a career in exactly what I was seeking to be.
It would still be many years before I would start my journey in my Doula certification. I moved from Colorado to New Mexico, and from there lived and volunteered in Ghana, West Africa. After coming back to the U.S., I moved back to New Mexico but eventually found my way home to the East Coast where I became pregnant with my first. About a year after his birth I moved to Vermont and became pregnant with my second. I now have two wonderful boys and had planned to obtain my Doula certifications after my second was born. However, life had made its own plans for me, and four days after my second son was born I received his confirmed genetic diagnosis of Down Syndrome. The first few years of his life were frightening, amazing, stressful, wonderful, challenging and life-changing in the most positive way. It took a few years for everything to settle back down, and then I finally was able to start my long awaited path to becoming a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula.
Babywearing my then 4 year old
(you gotta do what you gotta do....)