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  • 02-10-2009 10:17 AM

    How about an introductions thread?

    Any takers?

    I'm Tara, 35-year-old mama of two girls - Téa, 7 and Brynn, 5, and a new baby boy, Noah, 7 weeks old. Married to Mike since '93. I've been a Bradley Method CBE since '05 and have also been attending births as a doula since '05. The doula part just kind of happened, and now I love it and hope to do some continuing education in that regard. Right now I'm not attending births (but I'm making an exception for a dear friend in April), since I have my new little one.

    I honestly don't remember what my old username on the MT boards was, so I just used the username I use most places these days. I think it might have been "flutterby" something - I used to use that one a lot. If you know your old username, maybe it would be helpful to share it if it's not your current one. We might just remember each other!

    Let's get to know each other a little and get this CBE/doula board moving! :0)


    Mommy to two wonderful girls (10/01 &12/03) and a sweet boy (12/08)
    CBE and birth doula
    Excuse typos as I nurse at the keyboard!
  • 02-10-2009 10:52 AM In reply to

    • RobsGirl
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    • Joined on 02-04-2009
    • Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    • Posts 364

    Re: How about an introductions thread?

    Hi Tara!  Great idea for intruductions and trying to recall old usernames.  I was always RobsGirl.  Congrats on your new baby!!  It's so nice having a sweet little one around, right?

    I'm a mommy of three boys, the last one born at home with a midwife.  We are currently homeschooling our older two.  We live on two acres in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of NY.  Yay for all the NY people here!!  I really enjoy learning all I can about birth and midwifery.  I'm an unashamed birth junkie and I believe that will take me somewhere into the birth field in the future (be that CBE, doula work, or midwifery??? who knows).  When I think about it, I've always wanted to be involved in birth.  When I undertook my LPN training (I was 16 or 17 when I started that), I was dearly hoping to find a job in L and D upon completion of my course and passing my state boards.  That never happened.  I passed my boards, and got my license but all the jobs were in geriatrics, so that's what I did.  Maybe one day my dreams will be fulfilled, however, right now I'm more than busy educating these guys and trying to eek some sustenance out of this land we have with gardening and possibly keeping some chickens in the backyard in the near future. Sometimes all of that is perfectly overwhelming without thinking of adding more work and responsibility.  We also started a hive of bees for honey last year.  Crossing our fingers for them to live through this far so good.  I love herbs, soapmaking, bread baking, learning, reading, laughing, just enjoying God's creation.  That all sounds really crunchy, and I have been called that, but really, I cut a lot of corners to make my life a little easier and less busy.  We just try to be as green, frugal, and natural as possible without driving ourselves nuts with all the rules.

    So that pretty much sums up my life and where its going at the moment.

    If any of you have any ideas on juggling a busy family with birth work, please do share (in another thread, don't want to hijack this one).

    RobsGirl, 31
    Wife of one fabulous guy (34)
    Mommy of 3 awesome boys, ages 11, 8, and 4, and a precious 2 year old daughter.

  • 02-10-2009 11:02 AM In reply to

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     I am a mom to eleven children.  I have been married to Chris for 24 years next week.  I have been drawn to midwifery since my twins were born 14 years ago via c-section.  I became a doula last year thinking I was being called to the birth field only to realize that it is midwifery that tugs at my heart.  I still love being a doula, though, and will continue until I am a midwife.



    Vicki - wife to Chris, mom to eleven, doula and midwifery student.
  • 02-10-2009 6:41 PM In reply to

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    Hello! I'm a cbe in New Jersey.  I will *hopefully* be starting a graduate entry CNM program in the fall (I find out in just a few days!).  It's my cbe work that drew me to midwifery.  Nice to meet all of you!

    ~ Lamaze CBE ~ CNM student ~
  • 02-10-2009 9:15 PM In reply to

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    I'm with all of you on how I feel on MTF being back up.  Heres my intro again and etc.

    My name is Jessica and I'm 27. Still live with my parents, Metro New York, on the New Jersey Side of it USA. Have an fraternal twin sister as well. I was born with a Neurologically based speech impairment/apraxia-dysarthria. Been suffering from depression/anxiety since 9/2001. Currently, I'm an clerical volunteer.  Still unsure on path (midwife/doula/cbe (childbirth educator)/something along those lines.  At the same time I'm an student of this subject and life as well.

    This is both of an question and rant from me. Have any of you experience with this before.

    Mean before foundin and/or comin here?

    Is it me that there are owner/s, admin/s, mod/s whom have no clue on how to run forum???

    Somehow I never could avoid this when lookin for new forums for myself. Hope being here is goin to stop this.

  • 02-11-2009 9:01 AM In reply to

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    Hello everyone!  I am a mom to 3 children, two of whom were waterbirthed at home attended by a DEM. I am an apprentice midwife, also attending births as assistant with two other midwives.

    When I was a child I was fascinated by the fetus display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, read Heart & Hands as a teen and even considering nurse-midwifery.  Instead I got married and had a hospital birth with an OB.  That was a learning experience and it put me on the path to direct-entry midwifery planning to become a CPM.   And am I ever glad to be here!

    I am a CPM in solo home birth practice
  • 02-11-2009 12:25 PM In reply to

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    I'm Mary, I was on the old forum and learned so much from the wise ladies there.


    I have three kids, 15, 13, and 7, I have been a doula for 13 years. I also work at a Lactation Center two mornings running BF support groups and those ladies there as well, have been grand teachers.


  • 02-11-2009 7:41 PM In reply to

    • sheila
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    • vancouver island, BC
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    Re: How about an introductions thread?

    Hi everyone Cool I was under the same username before but only posted a few times. I've been a doula for about 2 years, including a break to have my 1 year old.  I only managed to have a few clients before going on leave, and  I am just getting back into the swing of things. I am currently attending Gloria Lemay's midwifery study group and am loving it (except for the late night driving!).

    Looking forward to getting to know you all!

    Sheila - Doula, aspiring Midwife and Mother of 2 little ones
  • 02-12-2009 4:07 PM In reply to

    Re: How about an introductions thread?

    Hi all,

    I'm Brie, I am a mom of 2 girls, Ava, 2, and Caitlyn, 1. Caitlyn is happily still nursing and I pump extra for donation. Ava, sadly self weaned while I was pregnant. I am married and we have a Boston Terrorist (dog) and tabby cat, both taken off death row at city shelters!

    I finally submitted my DONA certification packet and can now say I am certified. I am a staff doula with a local hospital AND take private clients (yes, I am a busy girl... I can easily have 15-20 babies a month!) My boss has asked if I'd be interested in teaching the hospital based CBE courses, so I may decide to do that in the future too. I am scheduled to begin with AAMI in April (I choose a delayed start intentionally). I am very excited about completing the program, but at this point have yet to create an apprentice/preceptor relationship as were fairly new to our area. I am just getting through's specialist course. I was hoping to be done by now, so maybe by March.... In April I am hoping we can pull off the CLC course coming to our area, money is the challenge for that, it's SUCH an expensive training (hopefully, my tax money will come back in time)!! I am also going to be adding a car seat installation tech certification to my title around the same time. I want to be able to help my families learn how to safely take car seats in and out.... and hopefully pull off a fundraiser for my non-profit. I run a local chapter of I feel it is so important parents do not isolate themselves and have a safe place to connect, share and grow with other parents. Check 'em out.

    whew, I think thats it... I am a busy girl; but I like it that way.

  • 02-12-2009 4:34 PM In reply to

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    Hi folks! I'm Joyce and I live in the Adirondack mountains of northern NY. I have 3 grown kids ages 28, 26, and 23; been married for 31 years. I was certified last summer as a labor and postpartum doula by Michigan School of Traditional Midwifery, where I am also enrolled as a midwifery student. I work part time for a faith-based non-profit, as a parenting support worker and I am also a certified child passenger safety technician. I have only had a handful of clients but enjoyed every experience even when challenging.My old username here was Joyce in the mtns but I hope you won't hold that against me...Wink ... I've learned alot and am looking forward to sharing with you all.

    I am not attending births right now since I didn't schedule any for the winter because I tend to hibernate a bit- though it's really impossible to do so when working a job, even part time. But I'm glad for the time I gave myself by not scheduling clients because as a student, study time is important to me.

    So glad to meet you all and I hope I can contribute something of value as we move through the days ahead, together.

    Best to all!




  • 02-12-2009 5:54 PM In reply to

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    Lots of New Yorkers! :)

    My name is Veronica and I'm a DONA trained doula, but I will not be certifying through them as I hope to practice as more of a matrisse in the future. I have been two three births, two after my training. The first was with a friend who had a c-section, then next was a beautiful VBAC I attended on Monday/Tuesday and this AM I attended a beautiful birth center waterbirth. Today my choice for my future, becoming a midwife, was reaffirmed. My plans are to become a CPM and practice for a few years before pursuing my CNM so that I can help women in a hospital setting have the births they may not feel comfortable having in a birth center or at home.

    I have two biological children of my own, two step children, and one surrogate daughter. My own personal birth experiences were natural, drug free births at Salem Hospital in OR (Salem Hospital has a 60% C-section rate!) and a birth center waterbirth with my surrogate child. They all were amazing experiences and looking back I almost wish I had been able to do birth center for my other two as well. Hind sight is 20/20 they say!

    I am planning on attending the Eugene 2009 Conference and am very excited! It will further my Doula skills as well as get me well started on my midwifery path.

    ~ Aspiring Midwife ~ Doula ~ Mom ~
  • 02-14-2009 1:23 PM In reply to

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    I'm Jessica, a doula and natural childbirth instructor.

    I began my birth work as a Bradley Method instructor, after having a lovely natural birth with my first son. As I began attending more births as a doula, and taught and heard birth stories for several years, I found that the Bradley philosophy and materials were not an ideal fit for me. I now teach my own 8-week natural childbirth curriculum, which feels wonderful! For the first time, I'm currently teaching two sessions of my class -- my max in one session is eight couples, and right now I have 14!

    As a doula, I'm DONA-trained. I attend a fair number of my students' births, plus some from the wider community who have not taken my class.

    My first son was born naturally in the hospital, and my second son was born at home (9 minutes before the midwife arrived, into his daddy's hands). I was, and continue to be, so affected by the differences between hospital and home birth. I thought my first birth was an empowering experience, but after birthing at home, I truly had no idea.

    I am the owner of a small doula group. We have five birth doulas, and a post-partum doula in training. Things are slow for us right now, but the energy seems to be picking up. I'm also the organizer of a baby and family expo that attracted about 2,000 people last year -- can't wait to see how it goes next month! I also publish an e-newsletter about natural childbirth. Tara, you are still on my list, yes?

    I'm thinking about my next steps in the birth world... I have some wonderful opportunities, including possibly pursuing a fast-track to CNM status, or apprenticing as a CPM. I am also meeting with a university researcher soon to talk about a possible research project looking at a new model of childbirth education. And one of my partners has a huge passion for opening a pregnancy/birth/parenting center here with classes and services, so I'm working with her to determine what that might look like in our community. So anyhow, I obviously have some choices to make about which direction I'll be headed -- can't do it all, I suppose! Stick out tongue

    I'm glad these boards are back up and running, I have always benefitted from the conversation here.

    mom of two boys
    doula, natural childbirth instructor, birth activist

    mulling my next steps in the birth world!
  • 02-14-2009 2:38 PM In reply to

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    Jessica! Good to "see" you. I'm glad things are going so well for you. I'm amazed at all you're doing. Actually, my e-mail address changed. I'll see whether I can private message you with my new address.

    Since we last corresponded, I had my third child and first boy at home, 8 weeks ago today. It was my first home birth and I completely relate to your comments about home and hospital birth. Even though I had been to home births as a doula, experiencing it myself made so much more of an impact. If I had been in the hospital with the labor I had, it would have been difficult to avoid a c-section.


    Mommy to two wonderful girls (10/01 &12/03) and a sweet boy (12/08)
    CBE and birth doula
    Excuse typos as I nurse at the keyboard!
  • 02-14-2009 4:35 PM In reply to

    • ZoeysMom
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    • Lincoln, NE
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    Re: How about an introductions thread?

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Mandi and I'm a 24-year-old wife and mother of 1, and you guessed it... her name is Zoey :)  We live in Lincon, NE where I'm an aspiring birth and postpartum doula (DONA).  I have the luxury of working with some wonderfully experienced women and am really looking forward to getting to know everyone here a little better!  Thanks all for sharing your wisdom and experiences!

  • 02-15-2009 8:39 AM In reply to

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    Mandi, you will learn so much here....glad to see you!



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