Do you plan to continue working as a doula after this birth? I plan to take a break from birth work after my own birth, because I don't want to leaving a baby for any longer amount of time. But after a few years I think I'll be ready again. My middle daughter is 2,5 years old now, and she is starting to sleep more at night and nurse a bit less, so she's just started to be ok with me attending births again. And here we go back to scratch with a newborn again... - but we are very much looking forward to it so the work bit is just a minor detail.
Do you want a doula at your own birth?
I will be having a doula at my birth, I think. It'll be a doula friend of mine.
I am waiting for a client who has a guess date a couple of weeks from now.
She's a multip - so I am hoping we'll be ready in time for one of my many naps.
(I have stocked up on energy bars to keep me going).
I hope tp be able to to more teaching, too - tends to happen at more convenient times of the day...
After almost four weeks on call, the birthing mama called me last night - and we had 24 beautiful birthing hours together. We did "the whole book" - walking, swaying, massaging, drinking tea, laughing, stroking, going outside for fresh air, smelling lavender, lighting candles, moaning, sleeping in between contractions and lots of more massaging (ouch, my arms are sore today! ;) ) - before she setlled in warm water and had her beautiful baby girl.
I loved the fact that they let us alone in the hospital for almost 12 hours without any interventions except for listening to the baby and giving her acupuncture - we got the time we begged for, and that was all that was needed.
When I got home, I ate lots of eggs and bacon before going to bed, and still I woke up in the middle of the night completely starving! It sure is different working when preggo! And I hope I will remember this birth as motivation to get me going again after my own birth!