Gorbachev once said “If you don’t move forward, sooner or later you begin to move backward.” For a long time I have been doing nothing with myself. I became complacent where I was. Becoming better got lost in surviving the day. And I began moving backwards. It's a terrifying proposition, loosing skills and abilities you once had solely because you don't use them. Once realized, I began to combat this and move forwards again.
Every doula meeting I have been to recently has had me thinking, "you need to get into postpartum work". We had a panel of doulas at our local doula group, and I said to myself, hey, that's where I need to be. And then I went to the Empowering Fearless Birth Expo, and heard, Heng Ou speak about her book, The First forty days (read my blog post about it here), I thought, I need to better support women postpartum.
As I've gone, I've been implementing things in my doula work, and my life in general that support a healthy postpartum period. I ask clients what their plans are for their postpartum period. I visit friends and family members who have had a baby with food and offering childcare or housework as needed. I am so ready to learn better how to support in the postpartum time.
Now I am taking the time for myself to learn. I found a training that I really love, and comes highly recommended. CAPPA Postpartum doula training. I'm scared, because I don't know where the money is coming for it. But I'm also taking this step, in faith that it will come around to be beneficial. For the first time, I feel like I actually want to get certified in something.
As part of my plan, I am offering ANY mother one FREE appointment to help them make a postpartum plan. I want her to recognize, what I didn't. That she may have an awesome family, but unless she asks she may not get what she wants and needs postpartum. And I want her to know what options are available to her, different practitioners and practices, like belly binding, massage, and counseling that will aid her recovery, both physically and mentally.
Becoming a mother is a life changing event. Mom's need support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I would love to support mothers throughout the entire time, as her doula and postpartum doula. Only one practitioner to find. Only one fee to pay. Check out my packages on my Services page.