Week 15 – first “job” comes to an end

Week 15 – first “job” comes to an end

My doula work over the last few of weeks has become focussed on providing support in the late afternoon/early evening. The families that I am working have babies of a similar age (c 2 months) and  are beginning to find their children sleeping for several hours at a stretch at nighttime – but evenings are difficult with babies (and parents) tired, but unable to settle easily. I am surprised by how much I like offering another pair of – less tired and relatively relaxed – hands at this time.

This Wednesday I had my last session with my first family. Another milestone for me. I have known them for about 5 weeks and seen so much change over that time. It’s such a short period by most standards but huge in the development of a child and new family. For example when I first met him J was a baby who  was only able to focus at short distances and was just beginning to show signs of responding to other people; and needed to be held most of the time.  A month on he clearly enjoys lying on his play mat where he touches and coos at his toys and he is very generous with smiles  for his parents and others who play with him. Am sad that our time together is finished but the timing does feel right.  Mostly I feel really lucky to have found  this role – it really is a great job!