Parenting, business and childbirth

Fran blogs about parenting, business and childbirth.

Being a Doula. What it means to me.

During my 10 years as a Birth Doula, I have supported many different kinds of births and each and every one has been an incredible journey in its own right; for me, and for my birthing families. I have laughed, I have cried, I have soothed deep-seated fears and I have empowered.
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So, what is a doula and how did I become one?

My interest in childbirth began after the wonderful natural births of my first three children. After my second child started at school I felt I was ready to begin something just for me. To find something to fill my time with; to find myself again. To pursue a career doing something I felt would make a difference. Breastfeeding and childbirth were both subjects I felt passionate about so it was a natural transition for me, to be drawn to provide support and nurturing for both those important experiences.
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I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!

So how exactly did I get here? Mum to 4 great kids, Managing Director of our company and crazier half to James, our Creative Director/Photographer/International Client Liaison Officer/Music Aficionado/Chief Coffee Maker/Resident Funny-man. Lots of life experience would probably be the most obvious answer! I consider myself a Jack Jill of all trades, and master of none! I’m good at lots of things. I pick up stuff easily and I thrive on a challenge. I like to be busy, I like to keep my mind active and I like to learn new skills. 
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