Welcome to part 6 of a 7 part series celebrating World Doula Week 2018! So, y'all... burnout is real. And I'm in the muck of it. Tomorrow, I'll celebrate/humble-brag about all of the things I accomplished since I became a doula in 2015 but, for now, I have to be honest about where I'm at in my journey. Last year, I pushed myself to my limit with trainings, teaching classes, doing births, and my full-time job. I often went on 24 hour stretches without sleep and my voice of rea
Welcome to day 2 of a 2 part series on the doulas who helped raise me up! Happy World Doula Week Day 3, Y'all! Becky Core - Labor Is Love Becky and I met when I trained her to be Giving Austin Labor Support volunteer in 2016. She was a powerhouse of a volunteer and attended something like 7 GALS births in the first 2-3 months volunteering. She's also one of the bravest people I know. When we first met, she left her career as a teacher, moved to an entirely new city, and jump
Happy Day 2 of World Doula Week! For the next couple of days, I want to honor the doulas who have been my companions, teachers, challengers, listeners, and healers for the past few years. Without these women, I couldn't have made it this far or have survived the doula journey in one piece. When I first started as a baby doula early in my career, I was full of jealousy of how far others had come, and how little I had done to push my dream of becoming a full-time doula forward.
Happy World Doula Week, Y'all! In my third year of celebrating this week, I have to honor the reason why I jumped in to this work wholeheartedly and that's because of Giving Austin Labor Support. GALS was the subject of one of my first blog posts where I found the value of doula work by being doula'd through an extremely embarrassing experience. GALS is a 501(3)(c) non-profit local to Austin and our surrounding communities. We are a collective of volunteers birth support comp