My 2015 Recap! It's Been an Amazing Year!

January 2, 2016

 

  This year has truly been amazing!  I am a bit of a Renaissance woman and always have many projects going at once.  I am a Bradley Method Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, and I design and create meditation and relaxation jewelry, such as, malas and breathing beads.   

 

  This year I attended three births and am waiting on a baby #4 to decide to arrive which may end up being the first baby of 2016! (yep, she will be!)  Two of the births were at Harrison Medical Center and the third was a VBAC at St. Joes in Tacoma.

 

  I taught 14 couples about how to have an empowered and satisfying birth using the tools learned in my Bradley Method childbirth class.   I taught over 60 classes as each series is 12 weeks long.  This was my first full year of teaching. 

 

  In May of 2015 I began the Kitsap Cesarean and VBAC Support Group.   A couple of my students gave birth by cesarean and I saw a need for support in our area, so, I made it happen.   We meet every second Wednesday of the month.   I continue to improve my skills of listening and holding space as I facilitate these meetings and facebook group.  

 

  I took a CPR class and a NRP (neonatal rususcitation program) class, passed the tests, and now have cards for both.  I have signed up for another NRP class taught by Karen Strange in Seattle next week, if babies will allow it. 

 

  I attended a BRAS (breastfeeding resources and skills) class for doulas, taught by the lovely Carrie Kenner.  There was some new information but it was great to be assured that I knew quite a bit about breastfeeding already.  

 

  I think the most exciting thing I did this year was attend a three day course, taught by April Duggins, about becoming a birth assistant.  I learned so much about how to assist a midwife in a home and birth center setting.   I am working hard to make birth assisting happen in 2016!! 

 

  So many beads!  I continue to design and create relaxation and meditation jewelry including malas and other prayer bead pieces.  I have malas at Vivaflow Yoga studio in downtown Bremerton as well as YogaBliss on Mercer Island in Seattle.    I hope to have my designs in more studios in the coming year.  

 

  It has been a humbling and exciting year, for sure and I am looking forward to flourishing in 2016 serving others, loving my family, making art, eating good food, and moving my body.  xoxo

 

Cheers to a new year!! 

 

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