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19 March 2010

Big News, Mes Amis

This, my friends, is the wonderful news that I mentioned yesterday:

I have officially begun my training to become a doula.

If you are unfamiliar with this term, Mothering the Mother describes a Doula as a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth.

My urge to become a labour doula began after Gretchen's birth. As many of you are aware, my daughter was born at home with the help of a midwife and my best friend, who, in in essence, acted as my doula. She guided me through contractions, helped me focus and kept me positive through the most intense experience of my life -- this is exactly what I believe every woman deserves while giving birth. It's such an incredibly emotional experience, and though a mother's partner is a fabulous resource during labour, having the one-on-one, non-medical support of a knowledgeable woman can make a world of difference.

In labour with Gretchen, breathing through a contraction.

It is my goal as an aspiring doula to support women in whatever way they need in order to help them have a beautiful birth.

This is where my heart lies, my friends. I promise to share more about my education over the next few months as I become more and more immersed in my studies.

Peace & goodnight.

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Blogger buttercup caren said...

I am soooo super excited for you - this is your calling, and you will be such a supportive doula to other mamas & mamas-to-be.

March 19, 2010 at 11:58 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Oh how wonderful! I had a doula at my birth and she made a world of difference. It is so inspiring that you are training to become a doula-- lucky be the moms that you support and help to achieve the birth experience they desire! Congrats!!!

March 20, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger Christina Edwards said...

how exciting! i am really looking forward to reading more about this! :]

can't wait till you attend your first birth.

March 20, 2010 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

bravo...how wonderful.

March 20, 2010 at 1:13 AM  
OpenID just-red said...

You will be PHENOMENAL. I'm just thrilled.
& whoooooaaaaahmygosh.. that picture.
Took my breath right outta my lungs. Phew.

March 20, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
OpenID heatherica said...

So exciting! This sounds wonderful. :)

March 20, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

Wow Desiree this such wonderful news! I honestly can't think of someone better to do the job of a doula.
Ever since I found your blog I have come to rely on all of your insight into all thing "baby".
Can't wait to hear all about your training.
Congrats! xox

March 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger thursday said...

Yea Des! You're going to be amazing!

March 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Jessie Keating :: Tiny House said...

Yey! You are going to love it! I started my training in November, and am currently almost finished with all my paperwork for certification. I have so much fun, and absolutely LOVE what I do! Which certification body did you decide to go with?

March 20, 2010 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger The Red Fantastic said...

That is amazing! What a wonderful thing. I think you will make an incredible doula!

March 20, 2010 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Christopher And Tia said...

What a feel good warm and fuzzy kind of post. My labor experiences have been awful. Completely terrible, lonely and scary, ending in surgery- awful. I wish I would have had somebody there to comfort me and help me stay positive. What a wonderful thing you're about to do.

March 20, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger s a r a h said...

wonderful!!!! i am so so very happy for you and look forward to following you as you pursue your studies.

March 20, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Shannon O said...

So exciting Desiree!

Do Doulas also come to the hospital?

March 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Johanna said...

I wish I had had a doula at Noah's birth.

March 20, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Awe, gosh guys! I'm so honoured by all of your sweet comments. I feel so supported & LOVED right now! Merci!

(Also, Shannon, doulas come to any kind of birth! They're all about supporting women, wherever and however they'd like to welcome their babies!)

March 20, 2010 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Tabetha said...

I decided long ago that when I have my first child (and every child after) I want a doula. I think it is absolutely amazing that you want to give support to your fellow woman and mothers. :) And from what I can tell about you from So Fawned, I think you are going to be an incredible doula. Good luck with your training!

March 21, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Awe, thank you so much Tabetha! That's so heartwarming!

March 21, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Elly Rarg said...

Oh <3, I really think you'd be wonderful at this! Can't wait to hear more about where this path takes you (I hope to hear some wonderful, wonderful stories :) x

March 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Adventures In Babywearing said...

Incredibly inspiring. :)


March 21, 2010 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger .letting go said...

Des. You're amazing. I was thinking about you all day.

I so want you to be with me when I have my first baby. You inspire the hell out of me.

March 22, 2010 at 3:06 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Awe, thank you guys!!

And Meaghs, I'd be honoured -- of course!

March 22, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

How wonderful! I have been reading everything I can get my hands on in order to get ready for my home birth. I doulas are incredible and there needs to be more of them. I can't wait to read more about your journey of becoming one.

March 22, 2010 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Meg -- if you'd ever like to chat about homebirth feel free to send me an email (desireefawn at gmail)

March 22, 2010 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Chelsea Robbins said...

what a beautiful photograph!

March 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Thank you so much! My best friend took some really great shots of me in labour. I think I was nervous about sharing them until now.

March 23, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger julia aka garconniere said...

that's so amazing!

March 24, 2010 at 4:09 PM  

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