We’re writing this post to announce some changes at ChicagoDoula. Amy and I have had a very full five years. We’ve been gestating people and ideas and certifications. We’ve been trying to blog here when we can – which is not often. Twitter has been a bit easier to use, so you may have seen some of Amy’s tweets there.
Five years ago when Amy joined me in using this identity, we had a lot of ideas about how we would develop the concept of ChicagoDoula. And then we got busy. Very busy. Amy had a baby and I went to midwifery school. Amy and her partner began raising the baby (along with their older children) and I spent three years assisting at a high volume home birth practice after earning my CPM credential. Along the way there were other treats, like a house fire, pneumonia twice and appendicitis once, children starting school, and daughters going away to college, even a small part as an extra in a movie! You can read more about the appendicitis and possibly some of these other things in future posts. More recently, as the baby blur started receding, Amy began turning her attention to our joint venture again. And then I began nursing school. (i feel like there should be a comedy drum riff here. Ta Dum BUMP! )
So here we are, with Amy returning her to focus to ChicagoDoula as well as her new role at Chicago Volunteer Doulas (also the likely subject of a future post) while I am heading into another adventure that will take me farther away from the birth world for a while. So we’ve agreed that it’s time to make some changes. Although I’ll always be a doula in my heart and will sometimes practice as a doula, and continue training doulas, Amy will be heading up ChicagoDoula from now on. She’ll own the name and steer the business. I will remain here as a friend, adviser, guest blogger and occasional back-seat-driver (meaning I still get to keep the honorable title of co-conspirator and, she says, ChicagoDoula emerita. (Any actual doula work, doula training or monatrice work I might continue doing will be offered under my other long-time business banner of Women’s Way: Empowering Families in the Childbearing Year)
Why am I going off to nursing school? I’ll probably blog about that at some point. In the meantime, we have all sorts of ideas about how we want to see ChicagoDoula evolve over time, but I’ll leave it to Amy, as the New Management, to carry the conversation forward while I go back to studying.