oh blog friends!
what a treasure it is to be immersed in one's life work. to find yourself bathing in your passion.
as i last mentioned, i have made the decision to evolve into the more natural methods of childbearing and birth. i so love the care of mothers and babies, but am continually disappointed with the atmosphere of the hospital. surrounding myself with passionate, like-minded people has encouraged me in ways i could never describe. and their encouragement supports me through even the most difficult days on the job.
i have been pouring over books, podcasts, and documentaries. filling up on this priceless knowledge. my most recent step toward career advancement has come in the form of a doula course. a doula is a labor companion--- a person present during labor whose focus is the mother, her comfort, and her experience. my labor & delivery work at the hospital has given me quite the introductory lesson---but the weekend of doula training will make me eligible for certification. i will train under a fabulous teacher here in ann arbor, mi. the class is in february, and i am ecstatic.
another exciting development:: an article i penned will be published in the winter issue of a periodical titled "the birth project". originally desiring to go into the field of journalism-- i was thrilled at the prospect of having some published work. as a locally owned magazine, i was able to brush shoulders with the editors and submit a piece. i am so thankful for the opportunities that God is consistently putting in my path.
i am enjoying every moment of the holiday season: the lights. the music. the baked goods. the television specials. the gift giving. the cozy sweaters and scarves. and of course- the starbucks lattes :)
allow me to take a moment to wish each of you the most blessed of holidays. the most beautiful christmas. thank you for reading while i've been away. your faithfulness is a blessing within itself.
ps: can't WAIT to see this movie:::