I am gearing up to head home to San Francisco after 10 months of travel. Thoughts of being home with my friends and colleagues are becoming almost constant. Especially of this one, because she is both, friend and colleague. Shannon was one of my mentors when I became a Doula. After being hired and attending three births on my own I felt I needed more guidance before diving back in for more. I shadowed Shannon at her Birthing from Within class and went to 4 births as her apprentice. I learned so much for her, sitting up nights with those birthing women a few Christmases ago. She is still there for me and so many others if we ever have things come up at birth or with a client and we need some guidance.
So this is the story about a day in the life of Shannon. On this day Shannon went to a birth as backup in the wee hours of the morning. This means she had never met the couple before and was filling in for another Doula. It was a quick birth and she was home to nap around 9am. She goes home to sleep and the afternoon she meets up with me and a past client of hers for some rock climbing. Ironically she was not at this clients birth, a backup had to go. Now they have transitioned into rock climbing buddies. Then we head to the forest for some portraits and then home to process some placentas. Shannon is wielding emails from clients, talking to her Doula partner on the phone, answering my questions, and conversing with her awesome husband Jim who is supportive in every way. Then she throws on her apron and gets to work. Its a full day. No one can call our work boring.