To all the beautiful women in my life; my mother whose legacy continues to live on in my heart and children's single-dimpled sneaky grin.
To my aunts and cousins who are constant reminders of her love for me.
To my mother in-law who graciously and lovingly tries to love enough for two grandmothers and who has adopted me into her heart as her own.
To my dear friends who are more like sisters and encourage me to be a better mother and wife.
To my clients, who I've had the honor of witnessing become mothers for the first time or who have welcomed their seventh with still the same awe and wonder as their first.
To mothers who held their babies briefly in their wombs or arms, but forever in their hearts.
To the mother who has only seen her baby on the computer screen, adoption binder, or in her dream.
My prayer for you no matter if your baby is still being knitted safely and secretly in your womb, or growing in your heart across the globe, keeping you up at night as an infant or a teenager, through the icky and sticky, the heartaches and disappointments, the terrible twos and the tumultuous teens, the prodigal son (or daughter), or the boomerang kid who can't seem to find his way-
is that you will feel encouraged, love, joy, support, hope and peace in your heart and in your mind.
I mentioned that these last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I recently decided to begin taking clients on again and I am so excited about supporting women again. Because I live in a new area I will be spending a lot of time educating the community on labor support and the benefits. I am also looking into connecting with other proffessionals who support women during thier pregnancy; ob's, midwives, massage therapists, chiropractors, etc. Just this last weekend I met with another doula in the next town over. We share the same heart for women, birth philosophies and we just really clicked so we have decided to become each other's back-ups. I also have a display at a Baby Expo this weekend that I have diligently been preparing for.
I have also started my certification process with Childbirth International to become a Postpartun Doula. I am excited about this process and looking forward to being able to support my birth doula clients during their postpartum period and also other mothers and families who decide support during the "fourth trimester" would help them during the new changes.