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.