Monday, January 17, 2011

Menus, Becoming a Doula, and Remembering

I feel empowered,  I feel amazing,  I feel like I made the best and biggest step towards this amazing journey I am about to embark on.  My first class in my doula program was perfect!  I went into this not knowing what to expect.... and within 5 minutes of being in the class I knew I was in the right place.  I was following my heart!  I have some big dreams with becoming a doula.  I eventually want to see my dream become an organization that would provide prenatal, labor, and postpartum support to mamas who are low-income, poverty stricken,  non-English speaking,  incarcerated, or single mamas who don't have much support.  My motto.....Everyone deserves a doula!

I have had many people ask me what a doula is.  So for those of you who don't know, here is a definition according to the DONA website....."A doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth."  Many studies have shown that when doulas are present in birth, labors have fewer complications, babies are healthier and will breastfed easier.  Helping mamas with pregnancy and birth seems to come natural to me and I am beyond ecstatic to follow my heart with this natural dream.

As we speak of dreams, today especially, but also every single day we need to remember one of our peacemakers, Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream.  As we remember, we need to realize why it is important we bring even more peace to this world.  It is important that we can reach out to our fellow humans no matter what color, sex, religion, race, sexual orientation or economic status.  I know there is a lot to be done in this world to achieve peace, which is why I practice compassion.  In order for us to make big strides, we must start small.  If everyone did little things to practice compassion...our world will slowly become a more peaceful place.  We can do it!

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  -Martin Luther King, Jr.  

On to our menu of the week.  I am wanting to learn how to cook more global and international foods, so this week I am trying out a couple African recipes.  I am going to dedicate a whole blog post to these recipes with pictures and my experience.  Stay tuned!


MONDAY:  Dinner out with my family.  Salvador Molly's!  YUM!

TUESDAY:  Skillet Tuna Noodle Casserole

WEDNESDAY:  Mtuzi wa Samaki (white fish in coconut curry, from Kenya.) with Yemarina Yewotet Dabo (Ethiopian honey bread). 

THURSDAY:  Veggie Fajitas

FRIDAY:  Homemade Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

SATURDAY-  Spinach and Lemon Soup with Orzo

SUNDAY-  Leftovers and a big veggie salad

For more meal planning inspirations, visit I'm an Organizing Junkie every Monday.

Happy cooking and peacemaking,

"Let us turn our thoughts today to Martin Luther King
and recognize that there are ties between us, all men and women living on the Earth.
Ties of hope and love, sister and brotherhood, that we are bound together
in our desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong."

-James Taylor- 'Shed a Little Light'


  1. I'm so excited to read more about your journey into becoming a doula! I feel like so many things about the way our society births and treats pregnancies could be changed phenomenally for the better if more people knew about the services doulas provide.
    I love African food too! We have an amazing Somalian vendor at our farmers market each Summer and another pretty great Ethiopian restaurant. Can't wait to hear how your recipes turn out!

  2. Caroline...
    I am excited to share my journey. I will have to be remain confidential with certain aspects of my journey but I will be able to write about my personal journey of being a doula and educate about pregnancy and labor. We are starting to see a positive shift in birth but there is a lot of work to do. Portland has a very high rate of home births and the use midwives and doulas. It is actually on of the highest in America. Which makes it so easy for me to learn in this city.

    I can't wait to try these African recipes! Thanks for reading!


  3. What a wonderful journey, to become a doula:) I really wish I had a doula at my first birth, I know it would have helped immensley.

    After educating myself, I had my second son at home with just my husband and our midwife (my first son was asleep in the bedroom) and it was wonderful:)

    I'll be excited to hear about your african recipes your making, that's been a goal of mine as well, to cook more globally. We eat a lot of middle eastern and indian and of course american, but haven't ventured beyond that.

  4. I wish you well on this next step in your career. I stopped by to take a look at your menus and am so glad I did. They are well thought out and sound deliciious. You've created a blog that is a very pleasant place to visit. I'll be back often. Blessings...Mary

  5. Julie- Thank you for stopping by and reading. I will be writing about my African recipes this weekend. They turned out delicious and SO easy to make. I was quite intimated at first but it turned out well.

    Mary- Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by my blog. I just checked out your blog and love it. I will definitely be using some recipes from your blog.


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