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You ready Nichole? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
*What are you doing already to prepare for the birth?<br><br>
*Will you take a break from doula(ing) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> after the baby is born?<br><br>
*What's your favorite color?<br><br>
*What kind of house do you live in?<br><br>
*Do you garden?
 

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Yay!! I've got allllll kinds of questions for you, Nichole. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Tell us your favorite characteristic of each of your children.<br><br>
What did you want to be when you grew up?<br><br>
What made you decide that being a doula was your calling?<br><br>
What has been your favorite age (for your children) so far?<br><br>
What do you love most about homebirthing?
 

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You ready Nichole? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
No, actually...I'm a bit scared! LOL<br><br>
*What are you doing already to prepare for the birth?<br>
Is this a joke? Nothing really thus far. Seems I'm too busy preparing others for their births to do anything for my own. I know where (home) and with whom I am birthing so I guess that's a decent start.<br><br>
*Will you take a break from doula(ing) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> after the baby is born?<br>
I haven't taken doual clients since last April, but started my mw apprenticeship in May/June and have been somewhat occupied with that since. I plan to take at least the first 6 months off and that has always wored pretty well for us.<br><br>
*What's your favorite color?<br>
I don't even know if I have a fave color. For clothes green, blue, brown, black. For my house I like greens. And if I had a choice I would own a black vehicle of some sort.<br><br>
*What kind of house do you live in?<br>
It is about 3000 sq ft, 2sty. Has 4 beds and 2.5 baths. All the beds are upstairs along with a good sized loft/play area. I live in a n'hood I really don't like as all the houses are really close together. I want some land and a smaller house!<br><br>
*Do you garden?<br>
I wish. I recently killed an herb garden, but in my defense it has been ridiculous hot and dry here. When I get that smaller house and larger yard as mentioned above, I want a garden.
 

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Yay!! I've got allllll kinds of questions for you, Nichole. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Again, a bit frightened! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Tell us your favorite characteristic of each of your children.<br>
Bella is very sensitive and I am trying to see that as a positive thing. She is also quite artistic and I definitely appreciate that about her. Sophie is smart and funny and very task oriented (I certainly appreciate that). She is also quite the caretaker and does an amazing job with our animals and her siblings. Joey is just too much...really! I enjoy him and his crazy lil personality so much and he says the funniest stuff. Lily - well, it's a bit too early to tell, but she is very loving and loves to give hugs and kisses to everyone and everything.<br><br>
What did you want to be when you grew up?<br>
Which time? LOL After seeing Top Gun, I was gonna be a pilot just like everyone else. I was also going to be a teacher which I guess I have sorta done, as odd as that seems.<br><br>
What made you decide that being a doula was your calling?<br>
At the time I knew I wanted to be involved in birth in some way, I just wasn't real sure how. That's when I discovered doulas (conveniently after the birth of our 1st) and thought "I can do that." Of course now I have decided it's time to move on to midwifery, but doula work was a wonderful way to be involved and learn how to live oncall.<br><br>
What has been your favorite age (for your children) so far?<br>
Without a doubt age 0-3 years. After that they tend to get a bit opinionated and talk back.<br><br>
What do you love most about homebirthing?<br>
Great question! At home I have no fears - no fear of intervention, of people who don't respect my choices in attendance, of hospital food, of uninvited guests. Family is such an important piece of who we are and being able to birth at home, surrounded by family, is perfect for us. Welcoming our baby into our family and into our home, actually IN our home. Freedom - to make the choices that are right for us!
 

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What one book would you recommend for pregnant women? Women who want a natural childbirth?<br><br>
For pregnant women, The Thinking Woman's Guide - I think everyone should have to read it.<br><br>
For women looking for a natural birth, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth - an easy, enjoyable read.
 

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I am interested in becoming a doula, but I am also very committed to being at home to raise this baby as I did my others. How did you balance being there for your babies and still attending births?
 

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I am interested in becoming a doula, but I am also very committed to being at home to raise this baby as I did my others. How did you balance being there for your babies and still attending births?<br><br>
I am not certain I have it all figured out just yet, but it has been working ok for about 6 years now. The biggest thing is that my family comes first which means I don't take clients that are due around big holidays, etc. I also really limit myself to very few clients and only take those I am really excited to work with. I sometimes have slightly cranky kids when I leave, but they know what I do and are fine when I get back (always wanting to know what kind of baby she had). Now that I have started my apprenticeship (and it is really laid back and low key as well) one of my dd's said to me, "will you be my midwife and catch my babies?" Can you imagine anything better? I CANNOT and was in tears! Makes me think I must be doing ok!
 

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Can you tell us an interesting or surprising (not too scary...) birth story/experience that you've witnessed?<br><br>
Luckily I don't have alot of real scary stories so we should be okay.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
This is a story of similarities and parallels. Okay so last year, I had 2 clients that I interviewed with, both were about 6 weeks pg. I met with them only (whereas I generally meet both to see how we click). One was due in Nov., the other in Dec. They each had one child, almost three, a girl. They both had their first children at one hospital and were induced there, but had switched to a new practice and hospital (the same practice and hospital). They had other similarities during their pregnancies including small stints with preterm labor and looking forward to unmedicated births.<br><br>
My November client called early in the am and told me she was contracting, but was fine. Called back a short time later heading to the hospital and I was on my way as well. Once I arrived, she was in a room, was 9 cm and was soon pushing....while standing next to the bed. Her baby boy was born within 30 mins of arrival and she got the unmedicated birth she had planned for.<br><br>
My December client called early in the am to tell me she was contracting, but was fine laboring at home. We chatted a few more times and then she headed to the hospital about daybreak. Upon arrival I could tell she was pretty far along and it wouldn't be too long before baby was here. We had some (okay a lot) of trouble convincing the nurse that she needed to get out of triage in a hurry, but once we finally did get the nurse to check her, she was complete. Minutes after getting to her room, she gave birth to a baby girl, on her hands and knees.<br><br>
I would like to point out one huge contrast that I think is important for people to know. In the first scenario, my client had a good midwife and decent hospital staff to help in her birth. And it was therefore a great experience for her. In the second, the nurses were rude, insensitive and forceful. Although she also arrived very late in labor and had the unmedicated birth she had planned for, her birth experience was quite different. So it is CRUCIAL to not only find a supportive provider, but it can also be just as important to find a hospital that is supportive and used to natural birth. As in the last birth described, there is always a chance your provider may not make it and it would be nice to know that those who do attend your birth are going to be supportive. Because who really wants to fight during transition and pushing?<br><br>
Probably a lot more than you asked for......
 
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