Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I'm a DIT!

No, not a ditz, a dit! That's a doula-in-training. I just mailed off my registration today for my doula training which will take place in February. I just lined up the childbirth class that I need to audit before I take my training. I just checked out all the books on my reading list that I don't already own. I feel like things are falling into place.

I have been toying with the idea of becoming a doula (and maybe eventually a midwife) for a little while now. It has been in the back of my mind-something I didn't even want to consider seriously since I lacked the confidence to go ahead with it. Right around Christmas I started thinking about it again and it just seemed like the right time to go for it.

I have always been the type of person who let myself get bogged down by the what-ifs and doubts in my head. I really thought about this and tried to keep my head out of the decision to go ahead and get certified. I love babies and moms and this is a way for me to help new moms and babies get a good start together. It can be really part-time and it is something I can stop doing for a while if I need to, and then I can pick it up and easily get re-certified.

I'm pretty excited (and also a tiny bit anxious) about this new venture. Everyone I have told has been super-supportive. My mom told me that I seemed born for this kind of work! Having a lot of folks backing me up feels really good.

These guys will always be my first priority. I feel so lucky every day to have them in my life.
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Mama Podkayne said...

I love my doulas. Wish there were more in the world. Glad you'll be one of them!

Rinnyboo said...

Awww..thanks, Mama P!

whimsigal said...


You're going to be great, Marin!

Stephanie S. said...

I'm happy for you!
One of these days (probably after the babes are grown!) I'm gonna get a Master gardener and Herbalist certificate.
But not today!!

Rinnyboo said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Evie and Steph (can I call you Steph or are you always a Stephanie?)!


I have a degree in forestry and when I was about half-way through it I realized it was wrong for me but I couldn't quit (this was before unschooling!) so I just went ahead and got the degree. I would have loved to do something more like horticulture or herb somethingorother. I am still paying my loans and I feel I will never use this degree! I still love gardens and one of these days I hope to have a gorgeous garden!


whimsigal said...


I have something for you over at my blog so come and get it!!