Welcome to My Blog: For Love For Life

A Doula, A Trail Guide.

An excerpt of my essay I submitted to DONA International on The Purpose & Value of Labor Support.

“A doula is like a trail guide – familiar with the path, she keeps you hiking through the hard parts knowing the view at the end is incredible.”

I read this somewhere a while ago. It has such a deep meaning to me as it connected birth to hiking, one of my longtime passions. As in hiking, or backpacking in my vision, you have a general idea of when your journey will be over but you endure some quite difficult parts of the trail doubting when you may see the end. Connecting this concept to birth in the same way of having a general timeline of labor and transitioning through some very emotional and physical difficulties. Though facing these challenges, both in backpacking and birth, when you have a guide that knows the way along your side, that also knows the view at the end, you have a sense of comfort that YOU can in fact make it to the end – to that incredible view. When you get there, you look back, and you are in awe of what the human body can do. This journey sometimes provides you with self-doubt but part of the doula’s role is to continuously be by a mother’s side encouraging her with words of strength and validation, providing that emotional support.

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog: For Love, For Life.

If you have poked around my website, you’ll know that I am Jenn. You probably picked up on that I am a wife, a mama, a yoga instructor, and birth doula. Though, I want to add that I am a rock climber, backpacker; essentially an outdoor enthusiast. I am an optimist, intuitive, and ambitious. I’ll forever be a student. Never will I ever think I know enough. There is always a new trade to learn. So there is a little bit about me! I would love to ‘meet’ you as well!

The name For Love, For Life started as “4 Love – 4 Life”. As the number 4 is one of the first things my husband noticed when we first met. As we both are born on the 4th of December. (I love sharing my birthday with him!) From there, as our love grew we knew we would be together for ever. So naturally, the blog was very easy to name.

This blog is about my life, our family adventures, anything yoga and pregnancy related, and all things that bring infinite bliss! I am here to share my journey. I hope to inspire, encourage, and help in any way with your journey. Thank you for following!