Here I am, not quite five months in to my journey as a doula. Ten years of dreaming, and yet only five months in reality. It's hard not to feel anxious and impatient when I've waited so long. However, I know that this, as in any new venture, takes time and patience and much learning.
I have studied, read, practiced, and as of today attended two births. One as a shadow and one solo. They were both unmedicated, and I can see that years from now I will look back and think about how little I knew. Still, I am grateful for what I have learned so far, and to the many people who have supported me in this journey. I am currently on call for birth #3, and hope I bring that much more knowledge and confidence to that client. And so on, as I gain in knowledge and skill.
I have just begun.