How did being a truck driver make me a better doula?
Although I enjoy the work and I am proud to do it, my passion has always been working with women, and families. I love everything about pregnancy, birth, and babies! I attended my first birth in 2007 and realized I wanted to become a doula in 2009. I immediately started working through the DONA certification process. It was just a matter of waiting until my life was ready for me to make the type of commitment and sacrifice required. In 201, I gave birth to my youngest child, with the support of a doula of course.
I am a truck driver and a doula. Careers that are so different, I would have never thought I would pursue both at the same time. Thanks to a shared call schedule and agency model, I can do all of the things I love. As I was thinking about this I realized, there are some qualities and skills that I gained from driving trucks that make me a better doula. Who knew the two could be related?
1. Long hours don't scare me.
2. I am a professional driver.
3. I don't quit.
If I learned anything lying on the ground in minus 40 fixing the leak underneath my truck or struggling to stay warm in the back of my rig for hours while I waited for someone to come and help me with a breakdown, or the times I drug chains I couldn't lift all through the mud to get myself out of a sticky situation, it's to never give up. Even when you really want to. Some things in life are hard. Harder than you ever imagined. Life rarely goes as planned but you have to roll with it. Those hard days make the best memories. Hard days change you and make you a better person.
We won't quit, together.