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Ditch the Myth of Perfection, Please

I wrote the other day about two of the most amazing women I know being close to their due dates: one down, one to go!  Oh what I would have given to be in London today!  My sister-in-law and brother welcomed a sweet baby girl in to the world during the night last night, all the way across the pond.  Those of us who know and love them, of course, are beyond thrilled!  I can’t wait to meet her and see this wonderful new family +1.

The second woman I mentioned, she’s ready and waiting until her body tells her the time is right and labor gets rolling.  As her doula, I’m in that phase of wondering through the course of each day if it will be now…or now….or now….and thinking through the various logistical trappings of a dash-out-the-door job.  And you know what?  It’s a challenge.  If there was a way to remove the trickiness around back-up for my two little kids, my job, commitments, etc, I’d be a full time practicing doula instead of taking clients so infrequently as I do now.  It’s a really special job, an honor really, to get to support women through labor.  What the female body is capable of performing just never ceases to amaze me and I feel uniquely lucky to be able to take it all in as I support new moms in their journeys.