required reading

Late last night I finished one of the books from the required reading list. The title of the book is “Becoming a Father” by William Sears. I really enjoyed this book because it gave me  insight to so many new things that go through a new fathers mind. I have always wondered how a new dad felt about his new role as a father and this book helped me to understand that a little better. Will I ever truly understand how a father feels? Heck No! But I feel this book has given me some great information on how dad can be an active member in the new family. This book had some great information on how dad can interact with the baby, how dad can help during the night, and many other aspects of fatherhood. I have always had a little sympathy for the father in that all the attention seems to be on the new infant and mom. Well dad has a huge role in the big picture and we as a society need to bring dad into the mix. Allowing dad to assume responsibility and let him interact and nurture the baby. Most men want to be involved in the early stages of their infants life, they just may not know what to do or what is expected of them….which is where I hope to come in. Once a get my certification and begin working with a family one of the goals I hope to attain is easing dad into the role of nurturer. How exciting is that!!!!!!

I read this with a smile on my face. It is so true.

Why Our Parents Put Us To Shame I often think about how we survived under the watch of our parents.  There were no infant seats (how did you get anywhere with me in the car?), no seat belts (ok, there were seat belts, but they weren’t safe and no one wore them), people smoked basically everywhere, we gnawed happily on plastic and toys full of lead, climbed on high steel monkeybars, and electrical outlets were always in plain view and ready for a zappin’. Parenting standards hav … Read More

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My Journey

I finally did it, I am actually starting my Postpartum Doula Certification Process. I have never been so excited and afraid in all my life!! The excitement of course is from knowing I am following a dream I have had for about 9 years and the afraid part is, well, just that. The “ifs, ands, and buts” of the whole thing we call life. But I know in my heart that becoming a Doula is my calling and that I have a strong passion for helping new moms and dads adjust to their new life as parents. I had a strong support system when I had my two sons and without that I dont know if my first few weeks of motherhood would have been as easy and restful as they were. So my goal is to pass that type of nurturing and caring over to other moms and dads, and to help them make the hospital to home transition as easy and stress free as possible. Welcome to my journey!