Week 3 – sunshine and devastation

Week 3 – sunshine and devastation

I met Bridget Baker – my mentor – this week. She is a leading light in the doula world, has been working as a birth companion since the early 1970s  and was for quite a while Chair of Doula UK. Bridget encouraged me in my increasing keeness to help families in period after birth as well as being a birth doula. The more mothers I talk to and the more I think about the periods after my children were born, the more I am reminded  what a lonely, scary, disorientating period this can be – even for the majority of mothers who are completely in love with their new baby.

Quite excited with the way my labour party massages are working out – lots of positive feedback from people who are actually prepared to pay for the treatment I have given them. Sometimes I think I am getting good at this. Other times that I don’t have a clue.

Its been a beautiful sunny week. I’ve had loads of time outside – which enhances the feeling of slight unreality about my new life style. Done yoga  and been to Brockwell Park during a week day. Thought it would be empty but  was full of other people. I’m not sure it really occurred to me before  how many people don’t live a 9-5 working life. Acas already feeling like a distant part of my life.

This week a suicide bomber blew himself up at a concert at  Manchester Arena. I’ve been tearful, shocked and somehow guilty about otherwise feeling so happy.