This blog is from my July 27, 2015 post titled, "An Incredible Week."
I have just completed five days of teaching. No, I wasn’t teaching parents how to have an awesome pregnancy and birth, and no I wasn’t teaching mamas about breastfeeding.
I taught my peers for the very first time.
I have been in the birth world as a doula, massage therapist, breastfeeding counselor, and childbirth educator for the last 14 years. While I am still all of those things, I am now also a doula mentor and professional educator and trainer. It’s all very exciting as my business continues to evolve and grow.
In November 2014, I attended a Lamaze Train the Trainer workshop to learn how to teach others how to teach childbirth education. It took me a few months, but my program was finally approved in April 2015. Around the same time my Lamaze program was being approved, I received ICEA approval and contact hours for an advanced doula/childbirth educator training (The Experienced Birth Professional: Maintaining Integrity and Professionalism in Your Practice, An Advanced Doula/Advanced Childbirth Educator Training). I decided to bring both of them together, and last week, I did just that.
On Wednesday, I taught my one-day advanced class to one woman. She drove all the way from Berkeley to take my workshop. What an awesome opportunity for me! Not only did I get teach my workshop to her, but she and I both learned from each other (she’s been in the birth world for over 30 years). I cannot wait to offer this training in other areas of the country.
The next few days after that training, I taught, for the first time, my Lamaze-Accredited Childbirth Educator Program. I had five women attend my training. One woman came all the way from China to take my training. Yes, you read that right. CHINA. No pressure, right?
I offered a few goodies and surprises in the workshop, mainly items that I felt they could use in the classes they design. For four days, we watched videos, read important articles, discovered websites, had intense and thoughtful discussions, and did some role-playing. We laughed, we cried (well, I did), and most importantly, we learned from each other. Each day we had lunch together, and each day we got to know more about one another.
My first trainings will always hold a special place in my heart because they were held in my very own office with the birth professionals that I work with on a regular basis, not in a strange location with people I do not know. I look forward to bringing my workshops to others around the world.
Doula. Childbirth Educator. Breastfeeding Counselor. Massage Therapist. Student Midwife. Mom. Wife. Friend. Human.