Thursday, September 2, 2010

Who am I?

I am Buckaroo Banzai- I will change who I am and what I do as often as I like. Or maybe I'll just do it all at the same time.

I have been a research scientist in women's health for the University of California, Davis. I am the mother of three sons. I am an artist, writer, tutor, and a doula.

The birth of my sons led me to a career helping other women birth their children. I provided emotional support, child birth education, and my physical presence and support. I would start at the woman's home in early labor and help her transition to the hospital or birth center. My work with women who could afford my services led me to become the coordinator of the volunteer doula program at Sutter Davis Hospital. Everyone should have access to educated support during the mystery of the birth process.

Times change and yet stay the same. I feel my age- in that I don't enjoy 24 hours of birthing support any more, but I still connect with the power of birth and the mysteries of a woman's soul. As an artist, I sculpt this power into clay. The human form of woman speaks to me. The power and strength surrounded by softness and curves. Amazing how this power is hidden from sight. It must be felt.