Why did you choose BAI?
I began to research Doula certification, in March, when I felt drawn to this line of work. I have a friend in Portland, OR, who is a Doula, and she recommended DONA and CAPPA for my certifications. But, when I found BAI, I felt like I had come home. I love the holistic focus, and that we really have to dig deep for some of these assignments. Sure, it’s a lot more work, but I am learning so much more than I would have otherwise. Not just about being a Doula, but about myself. Also very helpful to me was the scholarship program. I don’t know how long I would have had to wait to begin, without that assistance.
What did you learn about yourself while taking the program?
During the course of my studies, I have learned that there are times to stop thinking with my brain, let go, and just listen with my heart. I have learned to trust my gut instinct, and that it isn’t too difficult to feel what is needed in many situations. I have learned that I am stronger than I believed, and that many decisions in my life have led me to the path I’m on.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a mother of four, beautiful, perfect, children, aged 16 – 25. My eldest, is expecting identical twin girls, who will be my first grandchildren. Currently, I am working as an in-home caregiver for seniors, and in this capacity, I have really learned what it is to serve another human being.
Tell us about your business, or plans for the future.
I am concurrently working on my Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula certifications (although I am much farther along on the Birth Doula assignments). Once these are completed, I intend to obtain my Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Support certs, and also learn about Aromatherapy. Although I do not intend to exclusively serve teens, I would like to specialize in supporting teen mothers, with these services.
You can find Tammi online at- www.averellbirthservices.com