I am sooo late writing this! Apologies, I’m still rotting used to the idea that blogs are the for to let people know what I’m doing, but I forget! I get sidetracked and time passes.
Promis I will be writing more often
So back in April I was invited by Doula UK to help man (or woman) the doula UK stall at the MAMA Conference in Edinburgh. I jumped at the chance kissed my three big kids goodbye, wrote some survival skills out for the husband and jumped in the car with little Haggis ready for our road trip down.
I got to hear some brilliant speakers and bathed my brain and heart in all to do with women, birth, and babies!
There was Sheena Byrom OBE, who shared with us her life as a midwife in Yorkshire and her experiences on defensive practice. Se also touched on how much damage can negative language have on the information that is available to mothers.
Kathryn Gutteridge explained the intricacy of caring for mothers who have survived sexual abuse and showed us how the simple use of empathetic and caring language can soothe and relax an anxious and scared mother
But my favourite part of the conference was to see and hear Sheila Kitzinger! I prepared myself with her books for the birth of our first son! I loved the way she wrote about birth and the anthropological history and beginnings of maternal care through of pregnancy and care. Her books and work with doula UK played a big part on not only my births but also my deep desire to become a Doula.
All in all after two days packed with wonderful women and speakers, I left for home with my head buzzing, and promising to save enough for next year tickets! I honestly could not stop talking about how great it was and how good Little Haggis behaved. I wrapped her in the sling, she nursed to sleep allowed me to listen to the speaker without much fuzzing and got cuddles from other ladies that were smitten with her! It was such s relaxed setting, she was very welcomed, and that made me feel very relaxed.
So there you go! My first MAMA conference, and I hope it won’t e the last.
Meeting one of my birth heroes, the witty, funny, and inspiring Sheila Kitzinger
I cannot believe how long its been since I posted my first entry.
A lot of things have happened since then. I have finally moved to Aberdeenshire and absolutely love our new home. The children are enjoying all the open spaces we have and i enjoy having a room where i can shut the door at the end of the day and all the toys dissapear behind it. Our children have grown so so much. Our youngest is not a baby any more but an 18moth old toddler who is so independent makes my heart swell every time she masters some task each day.
I havent done much about my Doula side of life as I wanted to settle into the new house and the new area before i did. I have found fantastic friends here, which has helped me find comfort in leaving my old friends. one of them is a fellow Doula who has kindly stretched her network to include me. and through her, I have finally taken on my first Client.
its been a true rollercoaster of experiences and changes in our household. most importantly is that our family will be extended to accomodate another little person due in November. A fantatic surprise. The children are so excited to have a new baby brother or sister, they cannot stop talking to the baby in my tummy and are very excited for him/her to be born. I have to admin I am really looking forward to the birth, Im not sure how ill be able to cope with such a loud and demanding family, but we will just have to.
More of life and other bits another time
Well… as the title says… Hello World!!
I never would have thought I would start a blog… why? what for? I am certainly not *that* interesting to be read about. But then, I decided to take a different career path. I left my previous bank job to become a mom for the third time and decided I was not going back. It wasnt me. and Found something that IS me. I trained to become a Doula.
what? yes…. a Doula… why? well.. first hand experience of this fantastic job (if you can even call it that) for me, its not a job, but its rather turning into part of my life. its too early to call it a passion, but a love is close enough. It is quite exciting and yet a bit scary. How am I going to juggle being a mom and a wife and anything in between to also add Doula to the mix? well, I have no idea! but Im willing to give it my best.
Its eary days, I dont know whether Im coming or going, and dont know what to write about just yet, but Im sure I will soon, and before I know it I’ll start writting things without even thinking about it *fingers crossed*