The beginning of my journey as a birth worker.
Welcome to my first official blog post as Within Motherhood. I am Robin Dini and this marks the start of a new adventure and a new business for me. On March 20, 2022, I completed my doula training! Followed shortly thereafter was the creation of this new company and woman-owned-and-operated-business, Within Motherhood, LLC.
I believe in the law of attraction and I believe in the power of our inner voice and intuition. After having my first child, I felt a strong calling to "continue". Continue having babies? Continue immersing myself in the motherhood community? Continue tapping into my feminine genius and intuition?
I was thirty years old when my first child was born. The two years of pregnancy and his first year of life forever changed me. The yearning to nurture and care for someone outside of myself was being fulfilled daily. Our breastfeeding relationship lasted eighteen months and is, to this day, one of my proudest achievements as a mother. The immersion of love I felt for my child and the renewed connection to my body and spirit through the process of pregnancy and birth was profound.
I later went on to have two more children and my first born turns thirteen this year. The life lessons I have learned from age thirty to forty-three have brought me to where I am today. I cherish the wisdom I have acquired in these last thirteen years as a mother. I have a strong connection to self. I listen intently to what my heart feels and trust my gut. It has been confirmed time and again that I know what is best for my children and my role as mother is the most important thing in my life. I am a good mother. I am proud to have found the strength and courage to give myself that honor and praise.
Earlier this year, I read a post on instagram from a mother who was struggling to breastfeed her child. Her child was four months old at the time and the task of nursing her baby was becoming a chore and draining the mother's emotions. Her connection to her baby was strained and she was bound up with frustration and anxiety. I commend anyone who takes the time to be vulnerable and share when they are struggling. I practice this regularly with my own struggles with mental health and have found the rewards of sharing to be abundant, both for myself and those hearing my words.
Reading and responding to her post reignited a desire within me. After my daughter was born in 2015, I felt a longing to be a midwife and wanted to be a part of the birthing community at some capacity but shelved the idea. It was not the right time. I found myself typing out a message to this mother with words of honor and encouragement from a place of deep love and genuine concern. I could relate to her pain and frustration, as I experienced that with my second child, and wanted her to feel seen and heard. Remind her that she is a powerful woman for honoring her heart and taking the steps to care for herself. Providing her with encouragement and validating her choice to stop nursing her child. Reminding her that this is a positive step in her self care and postpartum health.
When we finished our exchange of words, the strength of that desire to become a birth worker manifested into my decision to become a doula. Within hours I was researching the process of becoming a doula, the local doula community, types of doula work, business practices, certifications, lactation education, and so much more. What started as a list of blog posts I could write and share about preparing for baby and supporting moms through relatable content, turned into postpartum doula support after birth. After listening to podcasts and hearing more about the connection to clients prenatal to postpartum, I turned my focus to certification that would encapsulate the whole process of fertility and conception to postpartum and the first year of life.
The evolution of my entry into birth work has been beautifully organic. I am incredibly grateful for the community that I am growing into and the direction that this business is evolving into. There are so many things I look forward to sharing within this journey. I hope that you will stick around and enjoy the adventure with me. I am so grateful that you are reading this and I am grateful for the opportunity to be doing this work.