“I am one of the Staff Nurses and I can’t thank the doulas enough for helping support our patients in their labors. I feel comfortable and confident with my patient’s pain when I can help them with medications and epidurals. When they decide to go natural, it’s a different story. I am always relieved when I see a doula walk through our doors and know that they are going to help support my patient in ways I am often too busy to help with! Thank you to those in the volunteer program, what a wonderful idea for those with little support in the San Diego area!” L & D Nurse
I spent the week leading up to my husband's patrol doing everything and anything to get labor started with my second daughter. During the birth of my first daughter he had stood by my side, supporting me in the most strong, empathetic and surprisingly calm manner. I was terrified to watch him leave without first getting hold our newest addition. Unfortunately, our time ran out and he had to return to sea.
I never dreamed marrying a military man would be the cause of every major shift in my life. And yet, here I am, life flipped upside down in the best way imaginable. Marrying my husband opened my mind to a world I knew nothing about and brought me down a path I never could have imagined. That life lead me to where I am today; the proud wife of a Sea Bee, mother to a beautiful one year old daughter (and pregnant with my second child) and independent business owner, working as a birth doula and training for my childbirth education certification. The drive I feel to be part of the world of birth started in 2014 when my husband and I experienced a devastating miscarriage. I fell into depression and spent months trying to make sense of the loss I felt. That’s when the research started. I read every book I could get my hands on, watched documentaries and read articles and talked to anyone in the field who would take the time to answer questions. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know.
Military families often live minimally right? Moving every few years we become experts in packing, making lists and sleeping on air mattresses or in hotels for weeks at a time.
What happens when it comes time to have a baby and packing for the hospital? I giggle a little when parents bring with them everything short of the kitchen sink. So here are some tips to help guide you prepare and get that birth bag ready to go.
Thinking about childbirth is scary, and if you listen to some of your friend’s stories, oh no, things can seem bad! Whether you are pregnant with your first baby or pregnant with your fourth, you should consider hiring a birth doula. Besides the benefit of having your own extra non-biased support person, there is actual evidence based information that hiring a doula can improve your overall birth experience.