One of my lovely cousins began to study doula work. Because of my close acquaintance with many large/homeschooling/alternative families, I was aware of what a doula does, but had not really considered it as a vocation myself. The more I thought about it, the more I could see how my own experiences, in difficulty and joy, could be of use to someone who has yet to experience the building of their own family.
Many people in our city are away from their families of origin, and that is extremely hard to cope with when building your own young family. Also, many women just need a little extra, knowledgeable support as they bring children into the world and begin their individual journeys of motherhood. I decided to look more into doula perinatal support, and when I realized how well it fit me, I quickly signed up for training. I also began volunteering my time to work with women in crisis during pregnancy and after birth. I fell head over heels in love with that work and as I did so, I felt even more determined to continue in this field, in education and practice.
At the moment, I'm doing online coursework with an international doula certification organization, and hands-on training with a local group. I've met such an interesting and varied group of women who have chosen to follow this line of work. I'm still volunteering only, and will be doing so until next year when I have larger chunks of time to organize for work purposes.
It is so good to have a direction.
With six children in private school, I am pressed to find a way to fund my own education and help with theirs, as the costs are very high. High, but worth it to us in the long run. I picked up a small home business this past week, which is Australian owned, and supports my values while enabling people to express their own. I really love it. The business is based on a simple clear locket, with sweet, clever, detailed charms inside. A small collection of the interchangeable charms can give others a really good picture of what you love, believe in, or are aiming for. And it's ideal for a really personalized gift for someone you love or admire.
I made this locket to wear to doula training on the weekend. It felt really special putting it together. Doula work is all about supporting the mother and family during the transitional time of childbirth and adding a new member to the family. For this locket I chose charms representing childbirth (unfolding rose), caring for the mother (teacup), the family bond (heart), power, perseverance, patience and protection (turtle), awareness of the plight of unborn girls (baby girl hands), and three birthstones for my daughters, for whom this work becomes important to me.
This is a really wonderful time in my life, for so many reasons. While a lot of responsibilities have been added to my plate, even more weight has been taken off my shoulders. I'll talk more about that later, as it relates to home schooling and the SAHM. Both of which I support :) but there is a time and a place for everyone. Blessings!