New Beginnings Doula Training

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Monday, December 3, 2007


I have been amazed as each of my children have been born, at the intensity of feelings that come upon me. As each little one has slipped out and been brought to my arms a feeling of love and joy fills me. I feel as if I am standing in the presence of something very sacred. It is the beginning of life, of hope, of renewal.

I still feel that way sometimes as I watch my children. I often joke with others about the difficulties of motherhood, but the truth children truly hold something holy and divine within them. I forget that sometimes, but it is good to remember. It is good to remember those first few moments that you see your new baby alive and pure. Then as they grow, to remember the laughs and smiles, the "I love you"s and calm sweet face of a sleeping child. It is in those moments that we too, as mothers, can touch divinity and perhaps stretch ourselves to be worthy to enter that space.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.