In July, 2011, I gave birth to my little girl, and it was awesome. It was challenging and exhausting (and yes, certainly uncomfortable at points), but it went exactly the way I'd hoped it would. When I think back on it, I remember it primarily as a powerful, peaceful, happy and positive experience. Even after 10.5 hours and no drugs! I credit that in large part to my amazing support team in the L&D suite, which included my husband and mom, and my wonderful doula
My experience working with Tammy on my daughter's birth has turned me into a fervent "doulavangelist," and, ever since then, there's been this little voice in the back of my head saying, "You could do this. You'd be a great doula." And, since it doesn't seem to be going away, I figure perhaps I should pay attention to it.
And thus this GoFundMe campaign: Midwest Doula Trainers offers doula education workshops
here in the Madison area, and I've kept my eye on them for about a year now. However, it's extra money that we don't necessarily have to spare (gosh, kids are kind of expensive), so I've not yet bitten the bullet and signed up.
This project is to ask any friends, family or fellow doulavangelists if you might be interested in helping me get to my goal. The $455 I'm trying to raise would cover tuition for me to both the "Introduction to Childbirth Class for Doulas" ($80) and the Basic Birth Doula Workshop ($375). The extra would be to cover fees GoFundMe charges to allow use of this neato crowdfunding platform.
In return for your donation, I would be happy to thank you with a reduced fee on my doula services for a single birth in the Madison area, redeemable either by you, or a friend/family member you designate. If you have no use for those services, I would gladly give you a huge hug and babysit your kids or help paint a room in your house (I'm a master edger...no tape) or find some other way to express my appreciation.
Thank you in advance for your consideration in helping me get to my goal of helping other Mamas have as wonderful and positive a birth experience as I did.