Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Not what I expected...

          As Michele and I left for Austin Thursday night I knew we were going to have a great weekend. I never knew it would change my life so profoundly. Sitting in class on day one I remember looking around the room and thinking how familiar so many of the women looked. Call it kindred spirits or whatever you want but I now know we were all suppose to be there. Great or small, we were meant to impact each others lives in some way.

         I was so inspired by many of their stories. Like the woman who induced lactation to breastfeed her adopted son. A woman who spent a year of her life volunteering in Africa helping women and children affected by the Aids crisis. The women who pushed for 6 hours to achieve her dream of a home birth. Or the woman who's home birth ended in an emergency c-section yet doesn't dwell on the blame or “what if's”. I met so many amazing women but I thought a lot about these women in particular. About how strong they are and how much they have over come. For the first time in a long time, I thought maybe I could be that strong. Maybe I can finally deal with all the pain I have been harboring from my own birth. I had never even considered the fact that I could process those feelings, let alone heal them. It didn't happen all at once, but with each thing said I let go a little bit and began to heal. Today when I think of David's birth I can think of what a wonderful day it truly was and how much I have learned. Part of me is still a little sad over what I missed out on but I am not angry and I have hope for the future.

         Aside from all the healing I accomplished this weekend I also learned a lot. I'm sure as I look back and reflect I'll remember much more that I have learn, but for now here are some key points.

  • Faith in someone and encouragement can take them farther then they ever thought they could go.
  • Believe in the power of a woman, especially when she herself forgets.
  • As Doulas we are taught to unconditionally   support people emotionally. Applying this in your everyday life can move mountains.
  • Don't be afraid to share your “perfect” birth story. It gives women like me hope.
  • Believe in your self and your convictions, even when no one else does.
  • Don't just watch what you say, watch how you say it. More often than not people will remember how you treat them, not what you said.

        I feel so blessed to have had this amazing experience and to have met all these amazing women. I can not wait to help other women achieve their goals and I hope to one day to achieve my own goal of an HBAC. I have never been so excited or had so much hope about what the future holds.



4 comments:

  1. OH! This is beautiful. Thank you for capturing the power of the weekend.

    I'm so sorry I missed the pic - when was it taken?

    Ok, you're in H-town. I need to ask my friends that work at Herman if they work with doulas...

    Very nice to have met you, Tara.

    :)

    Denise

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  2. Tara, that is absolutely beautiful! I love what you've written and I feel honored to have met you. You are wonderfully strong!

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  3. Thank you so much ladies!

    Denise, we took the picture very last minute on Sunday, we tried to get it before everyone left but I guess a few already had. I suppose now we will just have to have a reunion!

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  4. Lovely post ma'am! It sounds like a lifechanging event.

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