Yesterday I got to volunteer with the Blissful Baby's BIG Baby Shower event here in McAllen. This was the first event I got to work as a doula and the experience was so wonderful. When I came home, my husband could see I was tired after the 10 hour shift but that I was also so jazzed from the time spent interacting with so many pregnant women.
I worked the door prize table all day and we arranged it in a fun way where everybody who entered won something on the spot. We ended up giving out around $5000 in prizes which was such a fun privilege to see the faces of these expecting parents light up when they saw what they won.
I especially loved talking about the products and explaining their uses to each winner. Many were first time parents and the world of baby products is a new experience for them. They might know they want to breastfeed, but not all the tools that are available to them to help them be successful. A big part of why I wanted to become a doula, was to provide informational support to families. Yesterday was a small sampling of that on a large scale as regards numbers of couples assisted. I look forward to working many similar events focused on helping expectant parents in the coming months/years.