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My friend just had a home birth that I was invited to as her "doula" (I'm not qualified, I was just there as birth support). It was awesome, and I just had to share. She had a perfect baby boy, and I've got to admit, I got a little teary when he was born! I've never attended a birth before (besides my own!) so it was a fantastic experience for me! What an awesome day. It makes me very excited to give birth again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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That is awesome! Congrats to you and your friend!
 

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How wonderful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
I, too, have never been at a birth other than my own. Though I hope to be there when my sister has her second baby next in seven weeks or so!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> wonderful! birth is so amazing!<br>
happy baby moon to her & her new baby boy.
 

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That's awesome! I'm invited to be part of a good friend's home birth in a similar role next month--I'm super excited.
 

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Hooray! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> That is awesome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
I've never attended a birth other than my own, either, but am very hopeful to be able to do so. I was sad that none of my friends wanted anyone extra at their births! (Though I feel the same.) My MW has asked me to apprentice with her and I can't wait to start attending births! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Welcome Earthside little man!! How magical that you were able to share in that experience. I, too, have not experienced a birth other than my own... but hope to some day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Wow - what an amazing experience!
 

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congrats to you and your friend!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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That is awesome!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I used to be a doula - I cried every time!
 

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I learned that I never want to be a doula or midwife! I was so happy to be at her birth, but being on call and never knowing when birth will happen and then having to be there, supporting a birthing woman...that is SO tough. It was awesome to be there for my friend, but I would definitely never want a profession in birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I also would love to have a labor like hers. She had a truly awesome labor and delivery. So exciting!
 

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Congrats on witnessing a birth other than your own!<br><br>
I have been at a friend's birth before-and it totally blew my mind, though Ive given birth myself already by then.. Seeing a birth happen is truly so miraculous, I absolutely loved it!
 

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I'm so jealous! I have never attended another person's birth before but I wish I could. Such a magical event to witness. That is awesome that you got to see that!
 
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