Today we’d like to introduce you to Misty Rauscher.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Misty. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey in childbirth began with the birth of my first daughter, 12 years ago. After finding out I was pregnant, I didn’t give a thought to how I wanted to walk through pregnancy and childbirth, I just figured I would do what the doctors and hospital told me to do. One day early in my pregnancy my mother in law posed a thoughtful question- had I considered having this baby unmedicated? The notion had not crossed my mind, but she definitely planted a deep seed with the question. My husband and I signed up for a 12-week childbirth class and learned all we could on making educated choices and practicing coping mechanisms for labor. My first labor was beautiful and unmedicated, as well as my second less than two years later. I was so excited about how much I was an active part of the birth experience and got to feel my body and transform into a mother through the hard work of labor. But in talking to friends and family members most did not share this view or experience. I felt frustrated that this amazing experience wasn’t the norm and so I took that passion and became a doula nearly ten years ago.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
To obtain the title “doula” is not hard. Becoming an authentic doula with a unique fingerprint is the more challenging part. It was hard at the beginning be true to my identity, all while trying to make every expecting couple like me and want to hire me. Being a doula is also an expression of my personality, one that does not fit every family. Over the years this has been easier to step into, and I am a stronger doula when I am me and attract the perfect couples. Also, building a business from the ground up, as a stay at home mom is challenging. As doulas, we are always “at work” and “on call” since it is a business of relationships. This makes it hard to put up boundaries to protect family time and be fully present to my children and husband just as purposefully.
Divine Doula – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
As a birth doula, I get the honor of being invited into the birth space, one of the most vulnerable, sacred spaces to ever be in. As a seasoned doula, I have the gift of many different births and outcomes that I have been a part of that has added to my ability to bring new, and sharpened skills to the birth room. I also offer placenta encapsulation to my clients as a tool to aid in their postpartum healing, that can set new moms up for less chance of postpartum depression and faster healing.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment isn’t singular, rather it is each time a baby is born, and I see a moms face light up, tears escape from a Dads face, and a new family formed. I see that they have walked the journey of bringing a new life into the world intentionally, and that makes me feel proud.
- Placenta Encapsulation $130-$145
- All inclusive Doula Services $1200
- Website: www.denverdivine.doula.com
- Phone: 303-218-0098
- Email: email@example.com
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