Jana Shares

Jana wanted a different experience this time than her two previous medicated births. She is one of our postpartum doulas. She decided to have Renee, not only her friend but now her doula at her birth and she decided to take our BOLD Women’s Weekend to prepare. This is what she shared.

jana and baby

What I loved about the class:

  • I loved that it pushed me over the edge from thinking I might be able to go without drugs to believing that I absolutely could.
  •  I loved the group aspect and the different perspectives. I learned so much from each person even if their situation was very different from mine.
  •  I loved the feeling of empowerment that came through in the different exercises in various ways.
  •  I loved feeling supported in a bigger way. I had always viewed support as an almost tangible and very obvious thing.
  •  Through the Bold weekend I learned that the feeling of support from generations of women or from women all over the world that I don’t even know is just as powerful and necessary.
  •  I loved the calming nature of the weekend.
  • At first I was sort of put off that it was an entire weekend of my time away from my family. I realized after the fact that I needed that time in it’s entirety not only to calmly and slowly understand myself and this birth, but to also take a minute in a very hectic life to be still.
  •  I loved the wealth of knowledge that you both have in similar and different ways. It made everything feel very well rounded.
If I’m being honest, I’m not sure I would have done the weekend if I didn’t work for Labor of Love. I think that many women would see it as unnecessary to spend a whole weekend at a birth class. In fact, on Sunday I left the weekend and met some friends for dinner and they were very confused about what I was doing and why I did it for the whole weekend. I know that’s not the case for everyone, but in my world and my circle of friends you just go and have a baby and you don’t put much into yourself and your birth as you should. But this is not only being a birth class but a time to evaluate, reflect, and learn about yourself AND your birth. It’s unfortunate, but in this day and age women just don’t do things like that for themselves nearly as much as they should. Also, I did not know what to expect by the term birth circle, but I loved learning about birth not only from the instructors but also from the other women in the group. Many birth classes are teacher led and the Bold weekend is very different in that regard.
Jana went on to indeed have the birth that she had visualized, an unmedicated birth supported by her doula, Renee and her husband.