Thursday, August 21, 2014

Birth Boot Camp DOULA

I'm not the best at keeping secrets. Okay, maybe I am. If someone utters the words, "Don't tell anyone," I won't tell anyone. But it will drive me absolutely crazy! In order to alleviate that discomfort of keeping a secret, I usually ask the person if I can tell Robbie. Usually they say, "Yes, but no one else." He always says it is almost like we are one person, so, when it comes to secrets, telling Robbie would be like telling myself.

What is the secret I have been dying to share? This!!!!!!

When I attended my Birth Boot Camp Instructor training back in February, I learned that they were in the process of developing a doula training. I had a mix of emotions come over me. On the one hand I was super excited, and I KNEW it would be awesome sauce. On the other, I was discouraged. I KNEW I would HAVE to do it. I felt discouraged because it took me nearly two years of waiting and yearning before I could take the instructor training. Would it be the same for the doula training? Would I have to wait again?

Well, it turns out NO! NO! NO! I don't have to wait again. My Birth Boot Camp Doula training is happening in November. It is approaching more quickly than I am ready for. There is so much work involved. After my Birth Boot Camp Instructor training, I felt SO PREPARED to teach. I didn't doubt my abilities for a minute. After my first doula training, I didn't feel as prepared as I hoped I would. I know I was inspired during my training, but once I was left to my own devices, I started to feel like maybe my training wasn't enough. I can tell that this training is going to be pretty intense. I love how we have to get all of the book work done beforehand so that we can focus on the training. I know it sounds crazy, but I love how there is a test at the end. It really makes sure you know your stuff! After all of that, there are 5 certifying births which I will be able to process with one of the doula trainers. That was a missing element of my first doula training. I didn't really have anyone to talk to! Eventually, through my own efforts, I have gotten to know some awesome local doulas who have allowed me to process births with them. I didn't have that for my first several births, though, and it really would have helped me.

After I take the workshop and pass the test, I will be ready to serve 5 families as a "Doula in Training." If I can do that within 6 months of my workshop, I will receive an awesome silver stamped necklace. I think they'll look like dog tags. I want 'em, y'all. I really, really want 'em.

Who will be my 5 families? Who wants to be among the first families to see what a Birth Boot Camp Doula (in training) has to offer? What will be super cool about having me as your doula (in training), is I'm already a doula! I've been serving families in the Houston area as a birth doula for the past 3 years. I know stuff! I'm going to know lots more stuff after this training.

I'm so excited about this. Can you tell? If you (or a friend) are due December 2014 to mid-May 2015, email me right now!


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