Friday, February 18, 2011

An Unexpected Opportunity

 This past week has been a whirlwind as I have been given a very unexpected and last minute opportunity to attend a Doula Training Workshop. The Doula Training Workshop is a full-weekend of training, and is one of the biggest requirements to becoming a birth doula. I have been attempting to attend this workshop for a year and a half, and every attempt has faced a road block. One time, the workshop filled up before I could register, and another time the workshop was canceled at the last minute. I knew about the workshop this weekend, but several months ago, I decided that I could not commit to an intense workshop at 8 months pregnant. I had given up on the hope of attending the workshop before Baby # 2 arrived, and figured maybe I would work it out sometime next year when the baby is older.

However, I received an email at the beginning of the week about this workshop: there were openings AND they were offering scholarships!! We are in a very tight financial position, and there was no way that I could have attended at this point. So I applied for the scholarship and was accepted! (It's a partial scholarship, so we still have to scrape together some money, as well as the added strain of David taking off work). But it made it possible!

I am so excited to spend an entire weekend dedicated to one of my favorite subjects: birth! And I am sure that I will learn so much.

Nonetheless, getting everything together is a little crazy at the moment. But I'm sure it will all be worth it in the end...

Wish me luck!

19 comments:

Mary Nevin said...

doula training is *AMAZING* one of the best things I ever did! can't wait to hear all about the weekend!!

Tanya @ Dans le Townhouse said...

Good luck!!

Mama Gone Green said...

Congratulations! Have fun!!

Ashly@Moon Walk said...

Good Luck and I hope you have fun!

Mrs. Lukie said...

Oh, how amazing! Please be sure to update us after you've returned from the workshop. I am fascinated by CNM's and doulas (plan on having both at Baby Lukie's home birth) and would love to hear about your experience :)

michelle said...

That is so great! Congrats and I hope you enjoy it all!

Sarah @ Picture Window said...

Exciting! Let us know how it goes. I would love to be a doula one day.

Polly said...

Awesome! I'm so happy for you. Isn't it amazing when things fall in place and we benefit to the fullest extent?

Polly said...

That is awesome! Isn't it amazing when things fall in place and we benefit to the fullest extent? I think so :)

Ellie said...

What a great opportunity! I was so thankful for the doula who attended my son's birth. Please tell us about the training! Best wishes this weekend.

Jessica & Tracie said...

Sounds like all the cards aligned and it was meant to be! I'm so excited for you doula training sounds ah-mazing! Good luck and have fun!

Love and Hugs, Jess

paisley penguin said...

Good luck to you! A friend of mine also wants to become a Doula and is working on that right now.

Clandestine Road said...

I hope it goes well for you.

Kim said...

When it's meant to be ... it usually comes together. How exciting! I'm thrilled for you!

Hope your birthday was awesome too!

The L's said...

Are you interested in becoming a doula or just want the trainign?? I am interested too, but not sure how to go about it!

Cubarado said...

Wonderful News!! I would love to go through Doula training...one day. Hope u post on the experience, would love to hear!

Holyoke Home said...

So. Freaking. COOL!!!!!! Good luck (although I'm sure you don't need it.)

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

That's amazing. Everything fell into place for you at the right moment.

Christy said...

That is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to attend! I'd love to hear about the details.