Short story: Families are really important to me.
Longer story: When I was 8 years old, I wrote in my journal, “When I grow up, I want to be a midwife and a horse trainer.” Along my path of self discovery, I learned some things. I feel very strongly that in order to have a strong society, we must have strong families. And so often at the core of a strong family, is a resilient mother. It is imperative that we take care of our mothers! She who gives and gives and gives, must also be nourished and nurtured and upheld. I want mothers to have a great experience mothering from the very beginning. So I doula. I take care of the mother even while her child is still an intimate part of her. I go with her through the valley of shadows until she reaches her summit. It is sacred to be part of that journey, and I want to honor it. It is work, physical and emotional, but I love it. The more I have learned about birth, the more I am amazed at how the body works! The more I am seen of the strength of a mother’s soul (every time), the more I have confidence in the future.