The time has come and the year is coming to a close.
A time when many look back over the past year and wonder
how exactly the time passed by so quickly.
A time (this year) when many look back and think "WHAT THE F*CK?"
While we are a bit more optimistic,
and tend to look forward to the new year bringing about amazing changes and opportunities,
it never hurts to look back a little bit on how the year unfolded.
So, what exactly did our 2016 look like?
Our 2016 didn't really start until the launch of the website and blog in April,
We did support a birth in February, but no actual clients were taken until April.
ALL pregnant and laboring families - successfully supported
ALL postpartum families with a new baby - sucessfully supported
ALL placenta encapsulations - successfully completed
I can only imagine a lot of people would have expected some sort of statistical analysis of a "successful VBAC" rate or "not ending in cesarean"...
But the thing is, that's not how we measure success, we are not medical providers!
Our goal is and always will be to support you in any way,
through any birth,
through any parenting decisions,
and with the most up to date processes.
And with those factors in mind, we succeeded in EVERY WAY:
100% Unbiasedly supported, happy clients!
We are looking forward to the changes coming in the new year;
moving forward with a change in business structure to better serve all our clients
and a new name and brand to help families find our services even easier!
While 2016 may have been a poopy time for many,
our business is very proud of our success and looking forward to the new year as
Doulas of Greater Lafayette
In recent months I've realized more than ever,
that the term "Natural Birth" means different things to different people.
It can mean NO medical interventions.
It can mean NO pain medications.
It can mean the baby came out of your vagina.
It can mean a cesarean.
Yeah, I said that.
Natural birth is what you want it to be.
What is normal and natural to you?
Let me explain a bit about the cesarean part:
I've personally experienced pregnancy and birth 5 times.
All 5 times were cesareans.
Guess what is natural to me personally?
I know them better than most people outside of the medical field would ever hope to.
I've experienced them more times than most people think is allowed
and have watched more than most people will (even as a birth doula) in their lifetime.
There was actually a while where my kids thought that is just how babies were born!
It is not a bad word in our home:
It can be just as natural and normal as any other birth.
With 1/3 births being a cesarean,
I don't care if it makes me weird to say it,
but cesareans are NATURAL BIRTH too!
(Not to worry, I googled "natural" to get the definitions for you
and my point can be validated by Merriam-Webster)
That doesn't mean one is better than the other, by the way!
What is best for you?
What feels natural to you?
What feels normal to you?
It doesn't matter to me whether your goals are "natural birth" in the NO interventions sense
"natrual birth" in the cesareans are normal to me sense.
I agree with you.
I'll support you.
And I will never question your decisions
to have whatever kind of birth is natural for you!
Jessica Anne Dill
Mom of 5, Wife, Doula trainer, Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist, and best friend of coffee and long naps!