After taking a year and a half off from birth doula work, I had the pleasure of working with fourteen families in 2014. From the first to the last, it was truly an amazing experience seeing such love, endless support from partners, and anticipation to meet this new little one.
To all my clients, thank you so much for including me in your story. I do not take it for granted that I'm asked to be part of your journey, something that is incredibly intimate and special.
As we feel the energy of starting fresh on January 1st, you may be making resolutions or pondering what the year will bring. While I love thinking about visiting new places, reaching goals, improving my healthy habits, I need to remember to be gentle with my expectations and reality. It's much too easy to be swept away with wanting to do it all.
I encourage you to take a moment and instead of trying to improve all facets of your life (and probably not doing very well due to the sheer volume of "I should really..." statements), choose just one or two areas where you can focus your energy. Then go from there!
Life (pregnancy, relationships, parenting, health) is not about perfection. Take it day by day, and lose your high expectations to do it all.