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An Interview with Dorin Jordan

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dorin at several births in different settings and I was totally honored to be at the birth of her last baby, Miles, who is now 6! Dorin and I go way back…all the way to Michigan where we both lived before moving down to Houston several years ago. Aside from an amazing childbirth instructor, a gifted doula and a talented breastfeeding counselor, she’s also one of my dearest friends.She agreed to be the first to be interviewed for my new little feature here on the {Fresh} birth blog!

What’s your name? Dorin Jordan, AAHCC

What type of birth services do you offer? I offer Bradley Method Childbirth classes, birth doula services and breastfeeding education/consultations.

What area of Houston do you work in? Mainly on the north side. I teach my classes in The Woodlands and I offer doula services within an hour radius of The Woodlands.

How long have you worked in the birth profession? For 9 years.

How are you unique? What sets you apart from other birth pros in our area? I have personal experience with long, difficult births. I have been in and worked in a variety of settings with many variations of labor and birth. I also work in a group practice with other like minded doulas. This is a huge benefit because I always have amazing back up and many resources to draw upon. Each of us are unique but complement each other very well.

Tell me a little about your own births. My first baby was born 13 years ago and I had a highly interventive birth, despite wanting a natural birth experience. I realized, much too late, that I wasn’t educated on what my options were and how to advocate for myself and my baby. With my second baby I took Bradley Method classes and chose to have a waterbirth at home with a skilled midwife. That experience changed my life and I realized what my calling was, to work with birthing families.  With my third baby I planned a homebirth but was transported to the hospital where I gave birth to a persistent posterior, 9 lb 10 oz baby boy. With my third birth I had several amazing doulas, one of whom was you! I could not have made it through such an intense, chaotic birth without the support of my husband and the many powerful women who believed in me and the process of birth.

Is there any birth that sticks out in your mind as the most touching or moving? Every single birth touches my heart in a special way and teaches me many lessons. I love each and every family that I have the honor of working with.

How do you balance family and birth? Fortunately we are a homeschooling family which affords me lots of time with my precious boys during the weekdays. I teach and take appointments on weeknights and weekends. I also limit my doula clients to 2 births per month which benefits both my clients and my family.

How do you spend your time when you aren’t attending births? I spend time with my boys, playing and learning. My birth work is very near and dear to my heart so I spend time learning about pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding as well as maintaining relationships with former and current students and clients. I have a special affinity for museums, reading, stargazing, and basically being involved in my boys’ interests. I spend a lot of time shuttling my kids around to various activities. Kids grow up so very fast and I’m trying to savor each moment I have with them.

Why do you love what you do? Besides being a mom, this is the best job in the world! I get to witness miracles on a regular basis. And being a part of someone’s birth experience is quite a privilege and something I take very seriously. While the on call part of the job can be tough, getting the call that a baby is ready to be born is very exciting. Watching the families that I have fallen in love with grow is pure joy for me. Even when the birth is an emotional roller coaster for everyone involved it is still a baby’s birth, their first day of life. It’s truly amazing and beautiful.  I’m constantly reminded just how strong we women are. And I also get to see the love and pride of fathers and other family members. I can’t imagine doing anything else!

Any wise words of wisdom or favorite quotes to share and inspire? I don’t have a particular quote that speaks to me. I draw upon my own birth experiences and the amazing families that I have the honor to work with. Birth is hard work, but with the right education and support, it’s amazing what we can accomplish. Birth is hard work and we are strong, we can do it. Each birth is an opportunity to learn and grow.

How can potential clients get in touch with you? My phone and I are BFF’s so I can be reached anytime, day or night, at (281) 638-2188. I’m also available via email at dorin1117@yahoo.com and my web address is www.NineMonthsandCounting.com

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