Here's how it came about...
|My Certification Packet|
Well, fast forward to this past December...my bestie is currently pregnant and due in one week with her first baby. We had been chatting a lot about pregnancy and motherhood, and I began to tell her about what I know regarding childbirth preparation. I offered to spend time with her on a regular basis talking and sharing and helping her and her hubby prepare for the birth. To my delight, she agreed! When I mentioned the benefits of having a doula present at her birth, she was not opposed to the idea, and she surprised me by asking if I would want to be present to continue my support! Needless to say I was very excited and honored. I told her about my long held dream of being a doula and she said, "Well do it now!" I thought about it and I realized that yes, I really did want to do this! So I looked into it more. I previously knew that CAPPA offered a Distance Program and when I found out more info, I knew that would be the right route for me. I applied and got accepted. So I am now officially a doula-in-training and super excited about it! I have two years to complete the process. I need three births and several other requirements (reading, research papers and essays and to pass a test) to complete the certification. Another friend and colleague of mine is due at the end of March and she has also asked me to attend her birth. I couldn't have been more thrilled! So it's all falling into place and hopefully it won't be too hard to find a third mother-to-be who is interested in having a doula and would allow me the honour of attending to her during childbirth!
My bestie's due date is nearing close and I could not be more excited and yes a bit nervous too--but not just about attending the birth, I am more nervous about leaving Elsa! I know she will be fine, but you know, a mother always worries. I have been pumping like a mad-woman and have a good ol' stash of frozen breastmilk built up.
Now, only time will tell when and how this new experience will unfold! But I have got to say I am so very excited and I do look forward to incorporating this into my niche of coaching.