Week 10 – first paid work

Week 10 – first paid work

I went to meet the  potential postnatal doula clients on Monday and started work on the same day. So pleased and excited! I spent most of the week with the family – especially mother – S – and 4-week old baby boy – J. The “work” (but has been far too much fun for that label) has  included providing  S with the chance to offload about her labour.  We have also  talked over feeding options; and started to organise her house which had major building work in the run up to  J’s birth.  I have also helped with some minor domestic tasks and – most fun of all – looked after J to enable S to rest.

As a mentored doula I need to write a report for my mentor at the end of each placement to help me reflect and develop. I have made a start on the one for my time with S and J which I will finish when I stop working with them. A bit laborious – but helped me to reflect on how things have gone this week.

It was the last day of massage course on Friday – getting ready for the practical exam and practicing again some of the more advanced skills. I am sad that this has come to an end because I’ve loved it. But the timing is good. Richard has sent me the first draft designs for my marketing material – really feels that things are getting going properly at last.