New Beginnings Doula Training

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Learning to love

"Motherhood is an immense responsibility. In my opinion, it is the most overwhelming, meaningful, incredible, transforming experience of a lifetime. No wonder it produces such emotional and physical change!"*

I don't remember feeling as much joy as I did at the birth of my first child. But I also feel like afterwards was one of the tougher times I've had mentally. Having a child is not for the weak minded. It is so hard to adjust to having another little body around that depends on you completely. I have also felt like it has taught me a lot also. Never before have I understood what it meant to be selfless, to sacrifice, to give of yourself so completely when you sometimes have very little to give. I have also learned how important it is to take care of myself. If you are empty, then you really have nothing to give. Of course this is something that I am still working on, but I appreciate the opportunity that motherhood has given me to learn to love, not only another little being, but also to love myself.

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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.