In my heart, I know that “doula–ing” found me at the exact time in my life that I was ready to embrace it. While on a vacation in Bermuda, I met a woman who was three months pregnant and we immediately hit it off. I ended up spending most of my vacation with her and as luck would have it, she and her husband were on the same early morning New Year’sDay flight home to Dulles Airport! Sitting at the gate she looked at me and said “you should be a doula” and I actually had to google it. Fast forward 6 months, I had the honor of attending her birth, which was actually quite complicated and full of interventions. The next day, as I drove home from that experience, I knew I had found my calling. I became a doula that day and immediately started working on my DONA International Birth Doula certification. Shortly thereafter I found out I was going to welcome my second daughter in the spring of 2008! Training as a doula while going through pregnancy was such a gift, I was learning how to support others though their pregnancy and birth while preparing to give birth again myself. I had an amazing doula for that birth and she taught me so much about the kind of doula I wanted to become. The birth of my younger daughter was long and hard, and I am glad I had my doula along side my partner working together to support me through that experience. I had an intense 20 hour back labor which taught me a lot about my strength and about my personal goals…and about letting go of expectations! For that birth I eventually decided on an epidural and I am still proud of that decision as it truly helped me to reach my ultimate goal of a vaginal delivery. I knew that I would need more support in the postpartum experience the second time around, and made sure to take advantage of all of the support I could get from friends as well as a postpartum doula.