Monday, November 12, 2007

DONA International

This past weekend, with great trepidation, I took the first step toward becoming a doula. I attended a 16-hour workshop in Kissimmee, with my "bosom" friend. I loved every minute of it. I love babies, and birth, and the amazing strong women who give themselves over to it. Doula comes from a Greek word which means servant. A doula serves a woman at one of the most intimate times of their lives. I am going to be able to have that privilege!!! I love the energy at births. I love watching not just a baby being born but a family. I have a long road ahead of me,many steps left in the certification process. I have my own self-doubts to wrestle to the ground. I have to figure out what I am going to do with six kiddos, while I run off to serve these ladies! I want this bad, though. Really bad and I know this is my calling. Really and truly, I enter a certain groove. A comfortable spot of knowing who I am and what I can do. I will keep you guys updated on my progress. I have quite a bit of reading to do. I am glad the weather has turned. There is a lot of coffee in my future.


  1. Eva,
    I am SO excited for you!!! I remember one of the first chats I had with you and you expressing your desire to be a doula one glad to see that you've taken the first steps! Have fun and happy reading!
    By the way, a friend and I took Adele to the hospital last night and our hospital just happens to have a Starbucks on the ground the baby was hungry and we stopped in there for a decaf peppermint mocha and a cranberry muffin (not for the baby, of course!)...nothing like Starbucks Christmas flavors to get you in the mood for the season! It was so YUMMY! So, enjoy your coffee "breaks".
    Love you!

  2. You already have enough experience in my book, but I'm sure the book knowledge and certification will be a plus.
    You can do it girl!

  3. Even though your main concern is the mother, don't forget all of the support doulas provide to the fathers. I sure won't! Thank you for being there and sharing in the birth of our son.

  4. Eva,

    You will do great! I cant think of someone more qualified to do this with birthing moms.

    love, helen