Kristy provides support for pregnant and laboring mothers and for transitioning families after the birth of their baby.See all posts »
Embracing My Journey
About 10 years ago I was taking my certification classes for teaching prenatal yoga when I fell in love with birth and supporting women through pregnancy and the process of giving birth.
We had a professional Doula facilitate part of our yoga teacher training. It was the first time I ever heard of a doula. I was smitten. I went straight from San Francisco to my home in the East Bay and told my boyfriend (my husband of 9 years now) that I had found my new passion. I had all ready gone back to school and completed my certification as a Nutritionist and I was on my 4th yoga certification. The two fit well together and I felt I had found my callings.
Was there space to wear a new hat and more time for schooling? Yes indeed. After my first two Doula trainings I started attending births as a volunteer doula (no fee) for women in need and I was hooked. Experiencing the absolute power and beauty of a woman giving birth and a baby making its way into the world is an absolute treasure. It’s been several trainings later and several years now of helping women prepare for birthing their babies, supporting them with their labor and delivery and helping to guide them into parenting. I have taken handfuls of trainings for birth and postpartum doula-ing, as well as Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support. All are magical. What a true gift to be able to support mothers, their partners and their families through all of this. I am truly blessed.
I have since given birth to 3 beautiful boys. People ask me all the time if giving birth to three babies has helped me become a better childbirth educator and doula. Absolutely. Has it made me want to stop giving birth? Not at all. In fact after having 3 beautiful and healthy homebirths, I feel empowered and it’s given me the desire to keep birthing babies. But at 40 years old now and with an almost 7 year old, a 3 year old and a 4 month old; I feel like I’m good. That’s just where I am and the gift of being able to help others give birth is a sweet reward just like my children.
Back in January I sat talking to my six year old about my list of things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned forty. Most I have done, but there are a few I have not. He said “That’s all right Mama you still have time. You’ve done a lot”. Well, here I am at 40 and now I'm tackling my passion for writing--a top thing on my list. What a great opportunity. My list is getting shorter.
I look forward to taking this journey together as I blog my way into this new chapter of life. I hope to help make your life more comfortable, informed and joyful! In my posts, I hope you not only find some answers to your pregnancy, birth and parenting questions, but that you find a caring voice to help guide you and embrace you on your journey.