Good to meet all of you,
I'm Laurel, 39 yo, wife of one, mother of 8, stay-at-home, homeschooling, from a little town half way between Rochester and Syracause on the thruway in NY.
Could write and write and write about the love i have for babies, pregnant moms, labor/delivery...and postpartum...but I will spare you.
My first doula-ing (though that term wasn't used at that time) experience was 20 yrs ago, as i was volunteering at a home for pregnant unwed young ladies. From that time until present I have been able to minister to dozens (i wish I could say hundreds--someday, maybe) of expecting families. hospital and homebirths. also having opportunity to apprentice with a few different midwives, assisting.
Looking forward to interacting with you all.