The Journey To My Dream

Updated: Mar 9, 2020

In The Beginning...

My name is Emily and my journey to become a postpartum doula started before I even knew they existed. I always took care of anyone younger than me, even if they were only a year younger. I couldn't help it! My passion for taking care of children lead to many different jobs through the years. I worked as a day care teacher, nanny, and then a lead teacher at a child care center.

The Middle...

I have a bachelors degree in Behavioral Science and my plan was to become an addiction counselor. That all changed when my husband and I decided to start our family right away. After having my first baby I realized just how important it truly is for families to have a solid support system. I dealt with postpartum anxiety and depression after having a traumatic birth. I recovered and went on to have my second child in 2014 and it was more of the same. One day as I was feeding my daughter, I was watching an old episode of "The Gilmore Girls". On the episode one of the characters had a birth doula who went on to be her postpartum doula. I immediately Googled, "what is a postpartum doula?", and what I found in the description, was the job I had been dreaming of all of my life! Not only would I get to spend time with newborns (who doesn't love a good snuggle, right?!) but I would also get to help support and empower women during the most transforming time in their life. Within days, I had joined DONA International and was on my way to become a certified postpartum doula.

Now...

I have been working as a postpartum doula for several years and I can't get enough of it! I truly found my dream job and I can't get enough of it. I have a very supportive family who helps make it possible to help others while having three young children. They see the true joy it brings me and support my passion to help others.

The Future...

I will continue to expand my knowledge of all things birth, baby, and support. I will be adding birth doula to my services in the near future. I also plan to add some specialized skills to my services as the years go on. My dream would be able to offer my services to anyone who needs me, no matter what their financial situation is because, "every woman deserves a doula"- Shafia Munroe.

This might seem like a random image to put at the end of this post but hear me out. I love learning about animals and especially how animals relate to each other in the wild. Elephants work together in a community of all females to raise the young. Even the animal kingdom knows the importance of supporting one another for the good of their young. It truly does take a village, or in this case, a herd.


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