My life started another trajectory 6 years ago. I found out a was pregnant and, as many other women do, started to think about pregnancy, labor and delivery as a first hand experience for the first time in my life. Always a student at heart, I had to learn more. At the advice of an also pregnant friend, I decided upon a 12 week intensive childbirth series for my husband and I to both take together to prepare us for that first hadn't experience that seemed so foreign and really filled me with more fear and uncertainty than I thought it should. I kept thinking - "Birth has happened since the beginning of time."
... BUT, that didn't make it less scary...
"The more I know, the better prepared I'll be." That felt better. And, I was right.
Not only was I better prepared but the experience of giving birth to my first son, transformed me. (I can guarantee you that this transformation does not only happen to me, but to every woman. See blog post below)!
How, it was how birth transformed that started me on the trajectory that places me here, today.
Yesterday, I got word that I passed the LAMAZE Childbirth Educator Exam. (Insert your WHOOP!!! WHOOP!!! here).
What does this mean, Cat?!
I'm glad you asked! This means that I am now certified to teach childbirth education to effectively promote the beauty of childbirth for all. Hopefully, releasing the fear and stigma of this normal process for every woman I have the honor of teaching.
No, not all women will walk away from my classes wanting the same thing in their birth. And, guess what, that's OKAY! There is NO RIGHT CHOICE in childbirth. The way I want to birth is not the same as my neighbors' views, my friends' views, or even my mother's views. BUT, now, as an LCCE, I can help to diminish the mystery, alleviate the fear, and bring on the empowerment for more women to have a safe and satisfying birth experience.
One that will transform them.
Now, as a LAMAZE Certified Childbirth Educator, an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, and a Certified DONA Doula - I'm calling triple threat status to start knocking fear out of our birth culture.
So ready for 2018!
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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!