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My doula journey…

[column class=”intro”]It began during my pregnancy with my son Ivan in 2003. I read every book imaginable, joined two prenatal classes, participated in prenatal yoga classes, prepared for breastfeeding through courses and books, and found a supportive group of midwives. During my pregnancy I came to realize how much I loved pregnancy and birthing, this transformative process that the body and spirit undergoes in becoming a mother or parent. To be a part of the rite of passage for a mother or couple is an honor to be a part of this moment and to bare witness to the moment when life comes into being. To hold hands, massage shoulders, wipe tears, listen to rhythmic breathing that brings forth life, is indescribable.[/column]

[column class=”intro”]I started supporting friends during their birth journeys, in the comfort of their homes, birth centers and hospitals in the US. Some years after moving to Sweden, I decided to expand my birth studies and took an Advanced Doula workshop with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in Göteborg 2013. From there I continued my studies and had the chance to take a DONA approved: Introduction to Childbirth for Doulas and Birth Doula workshop with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in the US in 2013. The same year a became an active member of Amningshjälpen and joined the group in Värmland.[/column]