The suggestion really stuck with me and that next week I did research into the profession and training required. I completely dove in watching videos, reading blogs, websites and books; anything I could find into certifying organizations and different trainings.
I decided to go with The Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. They had a great Birth Doula program and they had training coming up fairly quickly. Within a few months I was trained and ready to go! From the beginning I knew this was what I was meant to do.
I have learned many things along the way and everyday experiencing new things about pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Since being trained as a birth doula, I also got trained and started offering placenta encapsulation, postpartum doula services, birth plan consultations and newborn training.
In addition to being a Doula, I have been a nanny for over 8 years now and I feel like being a Nanny and a Doula compliment eachother so nicely! Alot of the experience I have received from being a nanny I have been able to carry into being a Doula like car seat safety, infant safety, first aid and CPR, infant milestones, finding a nanny and so many local resources.
I reside in Everett, WA with my husband of 3.5 years and our two cats. We love to go hiking, take road trips, try new restaurants and breweries, and take turns cooking! I like to spend alot of time volunteering by making meals for families, helping organize volunteer events for Seattle Nanny Connection, a local nanny group, and helping local homeless and families in need.
Here's to 2017!