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Hi. My name is...

Hey, y'all! My name is Amanda Patton. I have been stressing out about what to write for my first blog post for weeks!!! But sometimes it's best to keep it simple and start at the beginning!

I have thirteen years of L&D experience. 5 years of it included postpartum experience. I have participated in all kinds of birthing experiences and have been present in some truly magical deliveries. The change from Labor RN to doula will be interesting. To leave behind the scientific facts to adopt age-old practices and beliefs, to let go of the knowledge of the worst-case scenarios and trust a woman's instinct, will be the hard part. I am truly excited to begin this adventure. I am truly blessed to be in a position where I can pursue a new career path.

I have 2 teenagers, Brady and Sophie. They were both planned cesarean sections, I had a large fibroid at the bottom of my uterus with B, and he had a ginormous head, sooooo... And then there was poor Sophie, 9 pounds 5 ounces of squishy goodness. I was not a nurse with B, actually having him inspired me to finally pursue becoming a nurse. I had just graduated from nursing school when Sophie was due, it was to be my first experience/introduction with my new coworkers! Of course, no one warned me about the nurse curse (it's real y'all), and her birth story was very dramatic, almost comical. Looking back, I really wouldn't have done anything differently.

I breastfed both of my children until they were 15 months. That was not planned like that, they both naturally weaned about the same time. I had two very different breastfeeding experiences, B was the sleepy baby and Sophie was the sucky baby that constantly had to nurse/suck. They both had their breastfeeding hurdles and we successfully managed through them.

I have a golden retriever that I adore! Seriously, she's perfect. I don't mind the hair everywhere (literal tumbleweeds of it), or the fact that she's a complete nut around new people. Penny Lu (Penelope TalulahBelle) is the best.

I grew up in a very small, rural town. Like tiny.

I love music. I have a very eclectic taste.

Enough about me!!! The next post will be over doula goodness!!! So excited!!!

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