I chose BAI for many reasons, but the main reason was that it offered a more holistic approach to becoming a doula and serving your clients. I try to empower women through their birth experiences and I felt like the education I would receive from BAI would enable me to do that. It’s also very reasonably priced and you don’t have to pay yearly membership fees, like most other certification organizations. My doula highly recommended BAI because Demetria is so accessible. When my birth became complicated, my doula called Demetria and chatted with her about it. That was an unexpected personal touch that I wanted during my own training.
One of the best things I learned during my training was my limitations. I really explored some of the ways I may not serve as well as I’d like, and I had a lot of time to consider how I’d cross those barriers. This isn’t something many doulas consider until they’re in the situation. I found this to be helpful because it helps me serve a wider range of people than I may have otherwise. It has also helped me define my niche and consequently better know how to take on the right clients for my practice.
I’m a 26-year-old mom of two amazing kids, one born in the hospital and the other at home. I live with my boyfriend, Dan. I love to read and write, blog, crochet, sew, hike, camp and rock climb. I like listening to indie and classic rock. I have to admit, my life is pretty rockin’.
My life’s work is about empowering women. I do this as a doula and childbirth educator. I also encapsulate placentas. I’m a certified event planner and I use this training toward planning Blessingways and baby showers. I’m a Red Tent facilitator. I’m also a blogger about holistic lifestyles, self-improvement and personal growth. I plan to continuously learn new ways I can serve women.