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One moment at a time….Moving through life, birth, and motherhood in its own time

One moment at a time…. Moving through life, birth, and motherhood in its own time As a mother of three, I often find myself standing in front of a laundry basket full of clean clothing waiting to be folded and put away into their appropriate homes around the house.   Folding is not one of my favorite chores, and I am happy when my husband shares the load with me.   But, as I am often the one home during the day, the task often falls to me.   The folding in itself isn’t hard.   It is the thoughts of everything else that needs to be done that leads to my aggravation.   The other day while folding a basket of underwear (aka matching sock roulette) my mind was busy calculating what else I could get done in the next hour.   There was dinner to prep, an assignment to finish, an email to send, a Bible study to read, dishes to put away, and much more.   I started worrying that I wouldn’t be able to get everything done in my self-imposed time frame.   And then I looked down an

I’m not every doula….and that is ok

I’m not every doula….and that is ok The year of 2017 has definitely been one of growth for me.   I successfully completed my Breastfeeding Educator certification, recertified as a DONA birth doula, and currently am working to become a certified Childbirth Educator.   It feels like I'm wearing a lot of hats.   I sometimes need to remind myself that I am not every doula, and that is ok. I offer many services, but not everything. I am ok with that.   Sometimes it is in the things that I am not , that strengthens those that I am .   Let me give some examples. Birth photographer I bring a basic digital camera with me to births, but only bring it out at the request of my clients. I take a few pictures, but would rather focus on being present with the client and preserving the space around this precious event and offering the emotional physical support needed in the moment. Medical care provider Some doulas are in training to be a nurse, midwife assistant, m