No, I'm not pregnant. Not even close.
A good friend of mine is, though.
This friend, who shall remain nameless for now, is going to have a VBAC. She believes that her cesarean was the result of the typical cascade of interventions, starting with an unnecessary induction, an accidental water breakage, continuous monitoring, etc., etc., etc....
She wants a different experience this time, and is willing to fight for it. She's going into it educated and empowered. She's a champ!
Remember this post? Five months later I'm still looking for the answers. I've read so many books I can't even count, and I've got lots of new ideas of how to handle my next birth. But, there's still so much to learn.
In the mean time, I've decided to put some of my knowledge into action, and hopefully to good use. In November I am going to start training to become a certified Doula, a professional birth assistant. I am so excited!
Studies show that when a doula attends a birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. I plan on using a doula with my next birth, even though I will have midwives.
I want to be a doula because I want to help women be empowered by the birth experience, not scared by it.
Part of the certification is a requirement to attend three births, as a doula, for free. Last summer I was blessed to attend the birth of my friends, Sierra and Jonathan Hocklander's baby, Evelyn. It was absolutely amazing! It was her birth that actually made me consider becoming a doula. My nameless, pregnant friend has asked me to be her doula. I can't describe what an joy it is to be asked to be present at these moments. Honestly, I can think of no greater honour.
So, stay posted as I embark on this incredible journey. And hey, if you need a doula, I'm offering my services for free!