Becoming a Postpartum Doula

Becoming a Postpartum Doula

From Michelle Johnson

I am fighting to obtain this postpartum doula certification for the women without a village , the women who do not understand their power and those who seek proper knowledge and willing support during their transitions.

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When I became a mother at 24 years old , I was going through what felt like the worst moment of my life. There were times where I had to pray through my pregnancy to get through a day and it caused me to seek the help of a professional. While I thought that my plan to be "recovered" from a knee-deep depression would have dissolved in Labor and Delivery , it did not. During my Fourth Trimester , I experienced a variation of emotions that were unfamiliar and at times , made me weary of my ability to be the mother that I planned to be . At my six week check up , I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression , which came as no shock to me. In my situation , I was surrounded by an immense amount of love and support from my immediate family and friends that encouraged me to seek counsel from professionals and offered help where needed. I realize that everyone is not as fortunate to have a village as such and they do not understand the power of motherhood , because of the how over-simplified this superpower is made to feel in our communities. I am fighting to obtain this postpartum doula certification for the women without a village , the women who do not understand their power and those who seek proper knowledge and willing support during their transitions. I am passionate about mental health and educating those willing to learn about the processes of motherhood and just how important it is to be knowledgeable of the evolution the occurs to the mind,body and spirit . At this time , I only have my experience and self-taught knowledge , but I am hoping to receive this certification and leave this experience with so much more to offer to my hood and the world around me.

Since a college freshman , I have dreamed of starting my own non-profit to provide aid to teenage mothers and those who are experiencing financial disparity during their pregnancy . Though my angle has changed , my desire to make a difference in the lives of mothers has been propelled by being blessed with a child of my own. Please consider making a contribution . It would mean so much to me and the communities that I am passionate about serving.

My goal is to reach $800 by September , so that I can attend the certification training on October 2nd-4th,2020 .

In reaching my stretch goal of $1000 , I will be able to fund my certification as well as a full year membership into the association which will provide me with the opportunity to connect with a number of mentors and resources to further improve my skills .

My ultimate goal is to provide my support individuals who desire to have the support of a Doula without financial strain. 

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