Melanie Aldenbrand
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At a very young age I was sure of two things regarding my future occupation: The first being that I would not like working in an office environment and the second being I wanted to make a difference in the world.  Although I had no idea how this would apply to my adult life or career it ultimately shaped my decisions as I began to pursue my education and explored careers. At first I spent a couple of semesters in college in a social work program. I quickly learned this was not for me. It did however open my eyes to careers in the area of service and the need for care providers for the elderly, and physically impaired.  This led me to work in assisted living facilities, hospitals, skilled nursing units, and finally focusing for three years on in home care.  Although I was very happy working as a care professional, I always felt as though something was missing.

In 2009 I found myself with a copy of the Business of Being Born.  This documentary changed my entire perspective of birth.  Previously I had mainly gathered my knowledge of the subject from negative images in the media.  This was the first time I had witnessed birth as an empowering experience.  It conveyed that women are capable and strong. The documentary lead to such a radical shift in my thinking I had to find out more.

I started reading; I wanted to know everything I could about birth and what the process meant to a woman. While doing this research I discovered the term Doula “a trained and experienced person who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth”.  One year later I followed my heart, and moved across the country. I arrived in Seattle ready to attend the Birth Doula labor support course at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations.  Shortly after that I attended my first birth, and as of August of 2011 I have been a Birth Doula full time.