It’s hard to believe that so much time has gone by since my last post. The commitment I made to blogging often has obviously been broken, but why? Well, looking back over the year I am happy to say the reason the blog was put to rest for a while was because I was busy! Not only have I had a very busy year as a doula, childbirth educator, La Leche League leader, and midwife’s apprentice but I have accomplished a good deal of schooling as well. I am happy to report that with the assistance of my mentor Sybille Andersen I have accomplished classes through the National College of Midwifery. This year I have taken and completed classes on: The History of Midwifery, Laws and Regulations governing midwifery, Ethics, Fetal Development, part of Microbiology, written papers on International Breech Birth Practices, Placenta Encapsulation, submitted my required Fundamental Math and Statistics classes, recertified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Childbirth Education, and as a doula, completed a Spinning Babies class, certified to teach Sacred Pregnancy Mini Retreats, and Sacred Pregnancy Belly Binding. All of that and I have a little project I am working on which I will announce over the summer. Needless to say I feel like this has been a successful year.
I do want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has shared their birth with me and has donated towards my education. This part of my life has patiently waited while I home-schooled my children, gathered the additional skills I felt I needed, and found my preceptor Sybille who shares her knowledge and experience with me. A big step was gathering the funds to pay for it all too. The support of my family was key in making the first step as was the organization and foresight my daughter had to set up the You Caring site. I also would like to give a big thank you to my web guru Liz Scavilla who in addition to becoming my La Leche League co-leader this year is single-handedly responsible for setting me up in the digital and print world. Couple this with the generosity of everyone who has donated has made this dream a reality. Thank you all for your past and continued support.
Over the summer I hope to accomplish a couple of classes including Community Health, Perinatal Education and Lactation, and work towards lining up classes I may need to take off island beginning this fall. It’s been a very exciting year and I am beyond grateful for the support and encouragement I have been offered. If you are interested in any of my new offerings rest assured they will be up on the website soon and I am more than happy to talk with you or expectant mamas about them. Again, thank you all for your support. It has made my dream come true.