Delivery_Queen’s Weblog

Posts Tagged ‘childbirth

I can only imagine what it will be like on the labor and delivery unit on September 11 th. I will be a part of it since I am on call that day as a volunteer doula. I do not receive any payment for my services as of yet. That is what it means to be a volunteer. It is the stepping stone of a wonderful new beginning. The month of September will be very busy. The plans for the mother/baby/doula reunion are coming along nicely. I have all the items that I will be taking with me as raffle prizes. I can’t wait to meet the new mothers and babies. I can’t wait to hear their birth stories and labor doula experiences. I wonder if last year’s September 11 th baby will be there. September 11th will be a time of remembering what happened to our Nation on that day. It will be a time of reflection. A time of laughter. A time of tears. A time of healing. A time to recovery. A time of new beginnings in the birth of a baby. Life goes on……….

Someone recently suggested for me to apply to be a blogger for a health blog site. My labor and delivery blog was reviewed and accepted by the owner of the web site. I will be writing about pregnancy and fertility. If you have any suggestions on what subjects you would like me to write about please let me know. If you are an author of a pregnancy related book, please feel free to contact me. Although the process of childbirth has not changed over the ages, more and more women want to have the “birth day” of their wishes. Through my work as a labor doula, I hope to empower women to fulfill their ultimate birth plan.

http://www.childbirth.org/interactive/ibirthplan.html

http://pregnancy.about.com/od/birthplans/ss/birthplan_4.htm

Please keep this in mind……You will need to be flexible with your birth plan. Circumstances can change in labor at any time. Although your plan may not have worked out the way that you may have wanted, a healthy baby is the ultimate outcome.

In life people have dreams of being rich, owning a big house, driving a nice car, etc,etc. But does money really buy you happiness?  Maybe for the short time that you are here on Earth. The true riches I am talking about can only be found at your final destination. I sit here with a book that was bought for me by a friend. He bought it at a bargain of a price at Barnes and Noble for $7.98. It is called The Science Of Success by Wallace D. Wattles. Within the book lies a wealth of information. Here is a quote from Wattles “He must keep in mind the Purpose to get rich through the realization of his mental image. And he must do, every day, all that can be done that day, taking care to act in a successful manner.” I would have to say my big dream started out as a big joke one night while I sat in the nursery of the hospital. It was a busy night for the nursery nurses. Most of the babies were bottle fed that night. I held a baby in my arms and proceeded to give the baby it’s bottle. As always the conversations between the nurses varied and then I said…….Someday I want to be a doula. I told them about a conversation I had with a local doula. She actually made more money than I did for one night of work after taxes. I said something is wrong with that picture. The nursery nurses joked around if they could come and work for me when I started my business. They asked me what I would name my business and I said ___________. Fast forward to today. Today I am close to my vision of owning my own business. There are certain things that need to be done. I have found a great mentor and I am learning something new all the time. The business of childbirth is ever changing. Although the process is the same. The new way is to empower women in the journey through childbirth. Doulas are leading the way.

I went shopping yesterday at a local grocery store with my father and my youngest son. When I was going to the check out isle my son sow some baby clothes on sale. All of a sudden he said…..Do you want another baby? I said no because you are my baby. He replied….I am not a baby. In my eyes he will always be my baby. He is my last one. He will always be the baby of the family. I knew that having more children would forever be out of the question. I had a tubal ligation at the age of 38 the day my son was born. I have always had high risk pregnancies. I was high risk with my first born son when I was a teenage mother. I had premature labor with my second son and had him at 34 weeks. I had placenta previa with my third son and I was on a terbutaline pump for premature labor. I had him at 37 weeks. He shares the same birthday as his older brother. I had gestational diabetes and preterm contractions with my last son. I am no stranger to high risk pregnancies. I think that is why so many of my  patients bonded with me. I shared my stories with them. I inspired them. I taught many mothers in the high risk area to crochet. I wonder since I have left my job….How many women have returned to have another baby? How many woman have asked for me by my name. I will never know. What I do know is this….I made a difference to many woman having babies in Labor and Delivery.