I just got some great news from a dear friend! She called me and uttered the two words I love to hear, "I'm pregnant!" Those two words take me back to my three pregnancies and how surprised yet satisfied I felt with my newfound accomplishment and the renewed trust I felt within my own body.
We spoke about her 'tailored to her needs arrangement' and we decided, after much consideration, that I would act as her prenatal midwife and then become her doula when she delivers in the hospital. Sounds like a wonderful melting of two professions...especially for those who wish to deliver in hospital and yet get treated like a queen during pregnancy!
As a homebirth midwife I want to give every woman the knowledge and subsequent empowerment that comes by making her own, informed decisions throughout her pregnancy and delivery. I am here to offer information, options, be a good listener and give good advice that will walk each woman down the path of bringing a new life into this world. This 'arrangement' that we have made excites me to all of it's possibilities! I can give her complete and thorough prenatal care and consulting, all the while she can also see an OB, and then I can accompany them through the labor and delivery of their baby too! I think this is the best of both worlds!
The thought of my dear friend and our new relationship makes me feel a little tingly inside! I find myself waiting at stoplights in my car and my thoughts will wander off and suddenly I'll remember the recent news and smile! This is what makes me truly joyful! I think I'll pick some sunflowers from my garden and bring them into my dining room table to celebrate! Summer is full of possibilites!
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