I just received my doula training course materials in the mail today — yahoo!  Perfect timing, after spending the day at Twin Oaks with Summer, due to give birth within the next few weeks.  I’ll be supporting her during her labor, and today’s visit with her re-affirmed my passionate commitment to this work.  It’s begun!

The additional update is that the “fund SWAP” idea was a whopping success — enough money was donated for me to sign up for the course, purchase the books, AND possibly even take another course.  Beyond the money, the show of support has solidified my belief in community in all forms — not just groovy communes where people self-govern and process their feelings, but also the basic web of connectedness that comes from being human together.