2015 was a wonderful year for my doula career and personal life.  I am so grateful!  When a new year begins, you can’t help but take a moment to reflect on the previous year.  When I do reflect on 2015, I am pleased.

I served more mama’s than ever.  Most of all, I’m finally becoming more comfortable in my own skin and realizing, (even though I’ve said it for years) that I truly am not everyone’s doula.  The clients that I don’t “get” happen that way for a reason.  I’m not their doula.  And that is the whole point of my business.  Ensuring that mama’s get what they need and want for their birth.  Quite frankly, in hindsight, I’ve dodged a bullet or two not getting a client that I thought I wanted, and so did she.  I know that God is always looking out for me.  I know my weaknesses as a doula.  I know more than I ever have about birth and how to support a mama.  I also know that I have so much more to learn.  I am learning quiet confidence.  It’s a nice place to be.

In 2015 I served in many beautiful births.  I served some difficult births.  I served some loving home births.  I served in some water births.  And I served in some birth center births.  I served in a few repeat client births.  They’re all amazing.  Every.  Single.  One.  A mama’s birth is like a thumbprint.  Her birth is her own.  Unique.  No two births I’ve ever served were exactly the same.  That’s why it is such a difficult question for me to answer when a potential client asks, “What do you do during a birth?”  I have no idea what I’ll do during your birth.  The list of things I’ve done or said or am willing to say or do during a birth is infinite.  It’s whatever a mama needs.  Nothing short.

With that, I welcome 2016!  I’m excited to see what it has to offer me.  I hope that you have a great 2016, too.

Roxanne ErvinComment