This weekend I am finally doing a DONA birth doula training in Phoenix.... I am very excited!! Also nervous. Why nervous? Nervous because I have to drive into Phoenix, of course! :) I find driving into the city (or any unfamiliar place, for that matter) to be quite intimidating, and my sense of direction is equal to a blind and drunken mole rat during the depths of hibernation (i.e. non-existent). I always manage to get lost! (And stressed out regardless of whether I'm lost or not.) So wish me luck!
I'm also nervous because our little guy is going with me. There is no way he would stay with daddy for such long days, so I'm going to bite the bullet and take him (and about five bags of baby supplies) with me. Thus, he'll either have a great time, or I'll spend most of the training in the hallway walking with him while he fusses. Thankfully there are going to be at least two other babies there, so it should be a cheerfully noisy event (as opposed to the dead silence while everyone glares accusingly at the sole noise source in the room - my baby!).
In retrospect, I probably should have waited to do a doula training till our little guy was old enough to stay with daddy..... I just couldn't resist the price! And I've been wanting to do one for ages. I was actually registered to go to one two years ago, but ended up being too sick (NVP strikes again!) to make it.
All of this would naturally lead one to conclude that I am studying to become a birth doula. Well, not really. I haven't really felt "the call" to become a birth doula, and in honesty I think I'd be pretty awful at it. Time will tell. I have not yet felt a distinct call into any specific type of birth work - which is just as well, as I don't handle an insanely busy schedule well, and I think God may be waiting on this one for a different season of my life (don't quote me on that one). But in the meantime, I am still passionately interested in birth work, and I'm really looking forward to learning all of the skills and information at this workshop - if baby lets me attend any of it, that is!
I'll check in after it's all over! Have a great weekend, all!