Initially, when I look back at 2016, I remember the beginning of the year as full of challenges, all professional and linked to my work. I certainly saw what can happen when you express your opinions and I discovered that all women drawn towards doula work have very different reasons for doing so.
I’ve always loved using Penny Simkin’s Road Map of Labor with my clients as I found that the colourful and informative yellow brick road really helped parents approaching childbirth to get a good understanding of the process.
I arrived back home yesterday after spending just under a week in sunny San Diego in California at the Simkin Center at Bastyr University. It was an incredible 3 1/2 days with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus plus a group of eight wonderful women, all dedicated to making a difference in the world.
I'm feeling so blessed to have spent time with two of the founding members of DONA (Doulas Of North America) as well as being the pioneers in supporting women who have experienced previous trauma in their lives.
I have some post-course work to do and will then be able to offer a one-day workshop for doulas and others who are interested in learning how to work with and support women who are survivors of abuse and previous trauma.
My memories of my time in San Diego will stay with me forever and I hope to return one day!
Kicki Hansard is a member of Doula UK, however any opinions expressed on this blog are personal views and not necessarily the view of Doula UK.