From the second I found out I was pregnant with my first son I knew I wanted to have a natural childbirth. I decided a midwife was the best choice for me. It was my impression that midwives were more supportive in having a natural childbirth experience, allowed things to be more relaxed, and were there for you throughout your labor process more than a typical obstetrician. To make a long story short, I had naturally deliveries with my first two boys. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with my third delivery. The lack of my midwife not coming in because it was in the middle of the night and complications that weren’t initially taken seriously by the nursing staff was so disheartening. If that wasn’t enough I had very bad back labor with no one there to help me through it. I ended up getting an epidural. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with getting one. There isn’t. My body didn’t react well to the epidural and my blood pressure dropped significantly. In the end I had a healthy baby but the process wasn’t exactly a positive experience.
When I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child I wasn’t going to allow my previous experience to happen again. That’s when I decided that a doula was absolutely what I needed. Just a few months later I found an amazing women, Chris Goldman. She is a doula and owner of Doulas of CNY. Chris and I clicked the second we spoke for the first time. There is just something about her. She is full of great knowledge and is doing such wonderful things for women.
When I learned of Yahoo Women Who Shine, I knew Chris was a person in my life who deserved the recognition. Yahoo Women Who Shine celebrates the women out there who are blazing new trails, touching lives and/or are amazing by doing something extraordinary every single day. The woman who receives the most overall votes will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Chris Goldman is a mother of five children. She is spectacular at what she does. She is dedicated to empowering women and educating them on all of their options throughout their pregnancy and birth experience. She actively stands up for a women’s right to their own birth plan. Chris is there for women like no other person I have known. As she states, “Being a Doula is similar to motherhood…it’s a calling…of servanthood.” Her guidance, helpful advice, and endless amount of love & support through your pregnancy and birth experience is astonishing. She made my final birth, along with so many other mothers, the best experience I could have ever asked for. It was calm, well focused, and empowering. Chris has inspired me to become a doula and follow in her footsteps . She is truly one of a kind and SHINES both inside and out.
I have nominated Chris Goldman as a “Women Who Shines.”
I truly hope you will help me give her the recognition she deserves by voting for her at Yahoo Shine!
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