I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, but it’s been an incredibly busy few weeks.  Let’s just say I’ve had some wonderful experiences.

Chris joined me in Ukiah for some R&R after he finished summer school a few weeks ago.  He had some time to chill in the apartment and catch up on his favorite television shows.  It was much needed.  I needed him here, too.  It was nice for me to have him see my other home away from home.  Luckily, we didn’t have any births that week, so I was able to be with him in the evenings.

We’ve had a few births since the last time I wrote and each one was more experience for me.  At this last birth, I was given the opportunity to catch the placenta, clamp the umbilical cord, and give the baby his Vitamin K shot.  Today I did a blood draw and got that vein on the first try.  To gain confidence and skill I must take the bull by the horns, right?  Well…every chance I get, that’s what I’m doing.

I will soon be taking a break from the birth center life to finish up my own clients in Monterey for 2017.  I have such a busy doula practice that it’s too hard for me to keep going back and forth.  It currently looks like I will not be taking doula clients for 2018.  My goal is to be back in Ukiah for my Primary phase in January 2018.  I have no doubt that I will get there.

I hope to have time soon to update you on my many adventures here in Ukiah the last three months.  While I haven’t had time to do much traveling around the area, I look forward to sharing my insights about the locale, the people, the food, and yes, the weed and the wine.​

Love, Michele