Birth Freely’s Birthday Baby Bonanza Series brings us to another amazing birth story, once again! For this Super Squishy Star’s Birth Story, Natasha, Parker’s Mama, honored me by asking me to relay Parker’s birth through my eyes as her doula. However, before I just dive in, allow me to walk down memory lane and paint a picture for you. After all, the story of me becoming the doula for Parker’s birth starts even before I even knew I would discover this passion for doulaing!
I met Mom, Natasha like I meet most of my clients: Online. However, Natasha and I didn’t just meet by her one day typing “doula 08002” in the Google search bar. Nope! Natasha and I met online through a group for women who had had May babies the year that our respective May babies were born. Being it Connor’s birth (he’s my first boy) that made me realize my life long passion for doulaing, Natasha then had a front row seat to not only the my own highs and lows of first year parenting, but to my journey becoming a doula. At the time we "met," Natasha lived on the West Coast and me in Virginia. (For my geographically challenged friends, Virginia's beaches make up part of the East Coast. *insert sarcastic smiley, winky face*). Well, there were a few us in the May Mom group, including Natasha, that talked about me possibly one day being the doula for them. You know, when the stars and planets aligned perfectly and the sun danced through the clouds and the Moon was in retrograde…do moons retrograde?! Anyway! Natasha and I were on the opposite ends of the country. That would take some crazy alignment! Never did we think that I would have the privilege to be a part of her birth team.
Well, little to my knowledge, planetary alignment was beginning.
Natasha’a husband was set for a transfer to another location through his job. Out of the 5 or so places he could end up, one of those places was only around 2 hours from where I grew up. At about 30 weeks pregnant, Natasha’s husband, Matt, was transferred to the East Coast, and of all places, to that very location! (Now, for those out there that know me on a personal level, this would be the beginning to my full circle!) Still, when we found this out, I still lived 3-4 hours away in Virginia so we joked again about it but knew it would still take a little more than a coast to coast move since I had just given birth to my second boy, Killian, only a month before. It didn’t stop us from dreaming the dream. We talked about it back and forth for about a month and came up with a plan but still knew that the entire universe had to corporate with us for the plan to actually pan out. It wasn’t until Natasha went into labor that we both actually thought “Hey! this could work!”
Seemed only fitting that a woman who knew me as I started my journey would round out the births I, myself, needed to complete that component of my DONA certification! I’ll be happily posting Parker’s birth story tomorrow on his one year birthday. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to read what an incredible job this fantastic woman, new to all her surroundings, did as she birthed her littlest baby into the world!
See you back here tomorrow, friends!
Cat is the founder of Birth Freely Birth Services. Her passion is empowering women through education and providing them with continuous labor support so they can have the birth they desire!