Hey lovely ladies,
This is part introduction, questions and randomness! My name is Brianna, I am married to a Marine and thats been our life for a long time... ;0) We have a 3 1/2 year old daughter, and we are finally pregnant with baby #2!! We recently found out that our little one is a Boy!! And I'm due sometime in March..
I've been a Birth Doula for 3 years now, my first birth was less than "natural" I had a NM, but she was not what I had expected, and couldn't switch due to the military... My husband was gearing up for a deployment to Iraq, well because of time tables, my husband was able to come home for 3 days over 4th of July in 2007.. We were induced... :( it was an awful experience.. My "midwife" pushed us into getting an Epidural... I was doing OK on the induction, but she told me that if I didn't get the epidural my husband wouldn't see his baby... He'd have to leave before she would come out.. And being in active labor, I listened... She came out.. I was numb.. I felt nothing.. Physically and emotionally.. I suffered from PPD for almost 2.5 years... (Oh and my husband left when she was 24 hours old.. He came home when she was one...)
After my daughters birth I went looking for more, I knew birth had to be more, special, important.. I found Doula's... I went to school and that is what I became.. :) And I've loved it.. After many miscarriages, between my kids, I thought we'd never have more kids, which made Doula-ing hard for me.. I still enjoyed it, but had an ever present heartache... My husband we deployed again this last year... He returned home after another year deployment in Afghanistan.. I decided to get in shape and live my life, and not focus so much on what I didn't have.. My husband came home in May 2010, I had lost 50lbs (so as you can imagine it was a shock for him! ;) And BOOM we we're pregnant a month later... ;)
Now I am 21 weeks pregnant, healthy, my baby boy is super active and life is getting better.. We're planning a Home water birth, the midwife we chose is amazing! And its hard to doula yourself, so we have hired on an amazing doula who has been my mentor since I started working in the birth business. We're very excited and blessed and pray for a wonderful home birth experience!!! :)