One year later

Well,  it’s been a big year!  We got moved and settled into our new house in the beautiful Hammondsport Area.  Every day, anywhere I go, I drive by beautiful Keuka Lake and the lovely hills surrounding her.  The sparkling blue waters and lakeside eateries in summer, the scent of grapes in the fall and the colorful autumn leaves, the peace and quiet of winter, and the return of birds, flowers and green leaves in spring have brought me around again to the time I first built this site.

    

         Lake view overlooking H’port       The dot is Pulteney, H’port at the Southern end        Boardwalk & beach in town

 

It took a long time for me to get back to developing this site and continue restoring what was lost in the crash last year.  And I also had my personal computer die and while I lost everything stored in email (a Big Deal) everything else was backed up.  I’ve restored my postpartum service section as I am offering those services again.  I really enjoy short term work with families.  And I’ve completed a new services page- including childbirth class and a new way to help prepare families for their birth.

My good doula friend and I traveled to sunny Destin, Florida last October to attend the CAPPA ( Childbirth And Postpartum Professionals Association) conference.  It was a wonderful trip and a wonderful experience of doula sisterhood!  It was so great that I will be transferring my certification to CAPPA this year.   Some work lies ahead there as I just made the decision to go ahead with it today.

 

    

         Look for the green star                Destin Beach- Oct is the best in FL                                      Hotel view!

 

So I now serve the greater Rochester region at a greater distance as well as the Finger Lakes area and parts of the Southern Tier.   I have a lot of travel time involved and have had to raise my rates to accommodate those costs and adjust my services a bit but the beauty of home is worth it.  I hope my clients will feel that way too.   So far since the move I’ve had 9 families hire me… half have had their babies and half are still waiting.  Haven’t missed a one.  I’ve had some of my families write some very kind and generous things about my work with them and that always feels so great!

I’m going try building up my breastfeeding support services for this area since I think there is a greater need here for them than for birth support.   And I’m in the process of trying to get a Finger Lakes Doula  Group together to serve doulas and birth workers in the areas between Canandaigua and Corning.

So that’s the news from Birth and Mother’s Milk as of April 2014.  I hope I’ll have another post in a few months.