Friends, I have exciting news!
I’ve decided to move forward in becoming a DONA International certified postpartum doula!
The certification process is lengthy at best, so I’m not hopping up and leaving my nanny job anytime soon, but I’m still so excited! Both of the mother’s that I nanny for are so supportive of me pursing additional doula, CNM, and CNS certification, telling me to let them know if they could help in any way.
So, to begin I have to take 2 prerequisite breastfeeding courses; 1 online and 1 in person. I’ve already begun my online class, but I’m sure actually going to the class will be interesting. The course I signed up for was priced for couples, so I’m sure many of the pregnant mothers there will be a little surprised to see 19 year-old me sitting in on the class! Everything I’m reading about the values of DONA makes me so happy I made this choice. I have to opportunity to attend a 2 1/2 day course this summer in Houston, that fits with the 27-hour workshop requirement of becoming a postpartum doula. Once I have completed this course, I have to submit three client consultations before I can apply for the certification itself. Like I said, a lengthy process!!
I’m just very relieved to be making progress towards a career I know will bring me so much joy. I don’t plan to stop there, either. I chose to start with the postpartum doula certification because of the availability of the workshop nearby and how soon it was, but I do plan to move forward with my Certified Newborn Specialist certification as well. And becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife would be wonderful as well, but is a plan a little further down the road as the program is usually a 2 year nursing program that will probably require me to be able to go to school full-time.
I have so much hope in my heart right now, and it’s hard to contain! I wonder if you can tell my writing gets a little simpler when I’m excited, and I tend to repeat stuff, woops! I just can’t wait to be in a place to really help people and make a strong, supportive place for them to feel at ease with their newborn. As I’ve said before, I’ve recently realized that pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns are truly my passion, and I know deep down this is what I’m meant to do. I’m meant to help people. I’m meant to care for others. I’m meant to be able to share knowledge in a comforting way.
Just a quick update, friends, thanks for bearing with me! I’ve got a nanny craft all done and ready to write about, just been super busy actually having both B (3mos) and G (4mos) full-time. The days are tiring, but their little smiles are absolutely worth it. To see that they now recognize me when I walk in, (G now starts wiggling around and smiles when I come over in the mornings- it melts my heart!), and to hear from both MomBoss1 (G’s mom) and MB2 (B’s mom) how grateful they are for me is so rewarding. This is the positive change I’m so excited to bring about! In my own way, I’m able to bring peace to MB1 and MB2 knowing that G and B are not only being cared for, but also learning and exploring while they’re with me.
So, things are good then, looking at it now. I’m sitting in a Starbucks after getting my nails done (woop woop yesterday was pay day!), making real plans for the next few months to pursue what I’ve always wanted to do. I have a wonderful, loving boyfriend who continues to surprise me- the other day I came home to flowers and a cupcake because I had told him work was especially rough that day (teething! ah!). I live in a beautiful place called Austin, I have friends that maybe I don’t see too often, but I know are trusted and loved. I’m about to turn 20 (one more month!) and I feel like I’m finally getting things figured out. I’m entering my 20s with a good idea of what I want to do, and I’m making active progress to get there. I feel like I can finally breathe! I know all the pressure to have things figured out, to follow the same four-year university plan that everyone at my high school did, and to be further along in deciding what I want to do with my life, all came from me. Now that I have all these plans made, I feel younger, oddly. In all honesty, I think I’ll just be more happy to see what I’ve accomplished by the time I turn 21, and feel less and less like I’m just that girl who picked the wrong major and ended up at community college, still trying to get it figured out.
I do have it (mostly) figured out. And it doesn’t even involved tons of hours sitting in lectures and taking tests, HA! I’m able to learn what I need through hands-on experience, and that’s more a blessing to me that I ever knew. Ya’ll, I hate school. The only reason I was okay at Texas State was because all my classes were literally sitting in a room and drawing for 3 hours, or lectures of color and design, or a class on art history that I actually found really interesting. I really did enjoy the classes I took there, I simply realized it wasn’t really what I wanted to do with my life. It wasn’t really what I thought. Classes at Austin Community College were worse. While I loved Psychology and Sociology, and excelled in those classes because of it, I forgot how truly boring sitting in a lecture about English or Government was. I think I dreaded going to class more than I dreaded working a full day at the mall. Whew.
Alrighty, friends, I’m officially rambling! Which is the category, but I don’t want to bore anyone! Speaking of anyone, I like to hear from everyone! Honestly…. anyone would be cool. I like comments! They tell me people care what I have to say, a delusion I’m still unsure of at this point. Anyways, friends, leave me your thoughts! Got a topic? I’ve got opinions, and lots of ’em! I always love sharing with you :) Have a beautiful rest of your day, and I hope to see you here again soon!