I threatened it before, and now it is official: I'm becoming a doula!!
I even have a webpage: http://hillarysdoulaservices.weebly.com/
If you live in the Evansville, IN area, and are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, I would LOVE to talk to you.
We also formed the Doula Group of Evansville: http://doulagroupofevansville.blogspot.com/
We basically back each other up all the time and offer different sorts of services other than just birth attendance, such as help with baby-wearing, breastfeeding, placenta encapsulation, and more. Yes, some of this is super crunchy and not everyone's thing, but we all sincerely believe that everyone who wants a doula should have a doula. And when our doula powers combine, we become Captain Doula, or something like that.
I became one of the leaders for the Evansville Birth Network, which is this great group that meets once a month to talk about birth and babies and all that fun stuff. I'm really excited to join the leadership of this group, and hope to expand our reach to more expecting moms in the Tri-State area. I'm also excited to be able to do a little bit of volunteer work again, something that I've missed doing very much since my girls were born. (Whoa, it really has been that long!)
My dissertation revisions are...almost done. Like, so close to done I can taste it. I WILL be finished with them by Tuesday evening, thus giving my advisor a week to hack it up again and me another week to finalize it. Fun stuff. But seriously, you can call me Dr. Melch now officially. I believe once you pass your oral dissertation defense that becomes official, though don't quote me on that.
I've been substitute teaching. So far I've only done it a couple times for some German classes, but it is admittedly more fun than I had anticipated. If you know me, you know that I love interacting with adolescents. (I know, weird right?) The best part of each class is standing up front and introducing myself in German while their faces form into the "HOLY CRAP SHE SPEAKS GERMAN" look. I LOVE it. Don't get me wrong, I don't love it enough to want to become a high school teacher or anything, though the thought has crossed my mind and Andy's lips several times. I'm just doing this for a little money right now while I'm looking for my grown-up job.
The job search is slowly grinding to a real start. I'm planning to go back on the academic job market in the fall, which is both exciting and scary. Exciting because, I could land a much coveted tenure track position, and scary because the whole process takes almost a year and we'll be in limbo that entire time. I'm also applying for jobs outside of academia, which to me is even more scary right now. I have an interview this week for a job here in Eville, so we'll see if my skills might actually be employable outside the ivory tower. If not, I'm happy to cobble together a measly existence until the right job comes around. By measly, I mean teaching adjunct at a couple local colleges, substitute teaching K-12, and following my passion for doula-ing.
We've committed to living here for another year, but we're moving to a new apartment in a new school district in August. Annika's had a great kindergarten year, but we're going to move to the school district where we'll buy a house if this ends up being our permanent location.
So that's what I've been up to lately, besides the usual play dates and bon bon eating that goes along with being a mom.
What have you been up to my bloggy friends?