One valuable lesson I learned about preparing for birth was to surround myself with a supportive care provider, someone who shared the same birthing philosophy as I did. Personally I have always known I'd want to have a homebirth. So I enlisted the services of Jenna Houston, CNM a midwife of over 30 years. I really resonated with her woman-centered approach, her skill level, and incredible trust in the birthing process.
In addition to Jenna I brought on two dear friends (Sarah and Melinda) to be my doulas. They are friends who I trust 100 percent and knew they would be the anchors I needed on the birthing day. Additionally Jenna brought on an ER nurse named Jenny to be her assistant on the day, as well as back up midwives, Connie, and Kathie.
Enlisting my team for support was the biggest gift I could have given myself during the labor and birth of my son Oliver. It felt as though all the support I've provided as a doula over the past years was shown back to me 100-fold.