This past Saturday, I attended the La Leche League Baby Fair as a vendor. As I prepared for this event, I became more excited for the community to learn more about HypnoBirthing through My Gentle Birthing. It became clear after the doors opened and women began to trickle in then flood the baby fair, that I chose the perfect business name. Women flocked to my booth as they read My Gentle Birthing, because they were perplexed by what seemed to be an oxymoron (Gentle and Birthing together in the same statement). Pregnant moms stood around my booth as I told them about HypnoBirthing, and I watched as some of the faces changed from disbelief to amazement. Women signed my sheet requesting more information, and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and Birth and Women’s Care came to get some brochures and business cards to distribute to their patients and clients. The networking potential was huge there, and it was wonderful to get publicity for My Gentle Birthing in a community that seems to only know of one way to birth. It was a truly refreshing experience to bring attention to such a beautiful birthing method.
To shift gears a bit, as many of you know, I am passionate about mothers and babies (and mothers giving birth gently and with their wishes adhered to). The other night, I attended a film screening at Birthright Services in Garner. I was inspired by the film, and by the conversation that ensued following the film. As the conversation continued, doula training was brought up. I am very interested in becoming a doula, and helping to support women as they labor and give birth.
I was so inspired by what I learned that I came home and the next day started looking at doula training, and found a Doula Organization called toLabor (formerly ALACE). I made the decision after reading about it, finding a certification class that is being held next month close to home, and evaluating childcare options, that I will attend this training!
There are no words to express how grateful I am to have this opportunity. There are no mistakes, things always happen for a reason.
I look forward to bringing more expertise, knowledge, and gentle nature to Fayetteville and the surrounding area through My Gentle Birthing.