This monday, I attended a prenatal meeting for a client with another doula. I am "sharing" this client with my friend K because K is going to be away for part of the 2 week period after her client's due date and I will be on call for her then. I had never attended a prenatal meeting with someone else and I have to say it was fun and educational. I know the way I like to do/structure things when I meet with clients but it was interesting to see how K runs her meetings. It was pretty similiar but I still learned some new things. And I felt that I was able to offer some valuable feedback as well.
An interesting thing K spoke about was comparing progress in labor to an elevator ride rather than taking the steps. When you walk up steps, you need to pass every floor to get to the 10th floor, one thing follows the other. When you take an elevator, you can skip from 4 to 7 or even 10. Things in labor may be slow at first but then all of sudden you can go from 6 cm to fully dilated in a half hour. It is a good way to look at things and not to be discouraged by an apparent lack of progress or things temporarily slowing down.
On a completely different note, I just need to vent about the lack of efficiency at the board of education. I submitted paperwork and a request for a meeting on April 19th. I have called and left messages an average of 1-2 times a week and what do you think has happened? Nada. Not even a phone call to acknowledge the receipt of my paperwork or numerous messages. I am not sure what the point of this is. They will have to respond to me sooner or later. Why don't they just call back? Do they prefer to be harassed and stalked because I can and will do that. Do they think I am just going to go away if they ignore me long enough? They obviously do not know who they are dealing with...anyway, I think I may actually feel better now that I got that off my chest :)