I'm a doula-in-training. I was so moved by the homebirth of my daughter 2 winters ago and still haven't kicked that feeling that becoming a birthing doula might be the path for me. So, I'm attending my first birth at the end of June, roughly. I took the DONA weekend course and have been reading as much as I can, but I thought it would be interesting to tap into this community of doulas.
I'm curious to know...
1) How did you prepare for the first birth you attended?
2) What are you glad you knew that was especially helpful for that first birth?
3) What do you wish you had known for that first birth?
Thanks for your wisdom!